Taylor named in boxing team for Commonwealth Games

Lochend boxer Josh Taylor
Lochend boxer Josh Taylor
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LOCHEND boxer Josh Taylor was today confirmed in the Scotland team for this summer’s Commonwealth Games – but he’ll have to wait to learn if clubmate Lewis Benson will join him.

Taylor, a silver medallist in Delhi four years ago, lines up in the 64kg category as part of a ten-man team in Glasgow, although that tenth member is yet to be decided.

The place will go to either Capital fighter Benson or arch-rival Connor Law, who face a closed-doors ‘box-off’ this weekend.

Benson, 22, secured his third consecutive Scottish title last month at Glasgow’s Emirates Arena when he powered past Glenrothes boxer Law by a unanimous decision in their 69kg bout.

It was a win Benson believed would all but seal his place in the Games but the pair were ordered to box again by Boxing Scotland to determine who takes the coveted spot in July.

In total, a further 30 athletes across three sports – Boxing (nine), Para-Sport Lawn Bowls (seven) and Wrestling (14) were today selected to represent Team Scotland. Today’s announcement brings the number of athletes selected so far to 122 with the final team expected to reach around 270 athletes.

Team Scotland Chef de Mission, Jon Doig, said: “Today’s announcement brings us well past the 100 mark in terms of selected athletes for the Games, and we are on track to achieve our goal of having our largest ever team in Glasgow.

“Alongside that, it is clear that we have the quality within the team to help us achieve our main goal of having our most successful ever Games.”

Boxing: Aqeel Ahmed (49kg), Reece McFadden (52kg), Joe Ham (56kg), Charlie Flynn (60kg), Josh Taylor (64kg), Kieran Smith (75kg), Scott Forrest (81kg), Stephen Lavelle (91kg), Ross Henderson (91+kg).

Para-Sport Lawn Bowlers: Billy Allan (B6/B7/B8 Open Triples), Kevin Wallace (B6/B7/B8 Open Triples), Michael Simpson (B6/B7/B8 Open Triples), Robert Conway (B2/B3 Mixed Pairs), Irene Edgar (B2/B3 Mixed Pairs), Ron McArthu (B2/B3 Mixed Pairs Director), David Thomas (B2/B3 Mixed Pairs Director)

Wrestlers: Brian Harper (57kg), Ross McFarlane (57kg), Viorel Etko (61kg), Gareth Jones (65kg), Alex Gladkov (65kg), Joseph Luigi Bianco (86kg), Lewis Waddell (86kg), Fiona Robertson (48kg), Donna Robertson (48kg), Shannon Hawke (53kg), Jayne Clason (53kg), Chelsea Murphy (55kg), Kathryn Marsh (55kg), Sarah Jones (69kg).