Benson faces ex-champion in bid for Scottish title

Lewis Benson is eyeing the Commonwealth Games. Pic: JANE BARLOW
Lewis Benson is eyeing the Commonwealth Games. Pic: JANE BARLOW
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CAPITAL boxer Lewis Benson’s pursuit of a third consecutive Scottish title and a spot in the Commonwealth Games is now within touching distance.

After easing through his 69kg quarter-final bout last weekend, the 22-year-old has been drawn against Stuart Burt, a former Scottish champion, of Hayfield Amateur Boxing Club in the semi-finals on March 15 at Scotstoun Sports Complex.

Should he defeat Burt and progress to the final on March 28, the Lochend star is likely to face his arch rival, Connor Law from Glenrothes, who is expected to win his penultimate clash with Boris Crighton of Byron.

Elsewhere, Clovenstone’s Ryan McCutcheon will face Scott Wotherspoon of Cleland Miners in his 52kg fight.

Lochend’s 56kg fighter, David Dickson, will take on Scotland internationalist Joe Ham of Hayfield and Dickson’s club-mate, Kevin Skey, will look to overcome Mark McKeown of Keir Hardie in his 60kg bout.

Should Skey emerge victorious, he could face an all-Edinburgh final with Meadowbank’s Lewis Paulin who is involved in action against Charlie Flynn of Glasgow Phoenix.

Olympian Josh Taylor, fighting only for the second time in Scotland in almost three years, faces Elgin’s Andrew Smart, while Craigmillar’s Jason Easton will set up a second all-Edinburgh final at 64kg if he beats Greenock’s Sam Ball.

Semi-final draw

52kg: Ryan McCutcheon (Clovenstone) v Scott Wotherspoon (Cleland Miners)

56kg: Joe Ham (Hayfield) v David Dickson (Lochend)

60kg: Charlie Flynn (Glasgow Phoenix) v Lewis Paulin (Meadowbank); Kevin Skey (Lochend) v Mark McKeown (Keir Hardie)

64kg: Josh Taylor (Lochend) v Andrew Smart (Elgin); Jason Easton (Craigmillar) v Sam Ball (Greenock)

69kg: Stewart Burt (Hayfield) v Lewis Benson (Lochend)

75kg: Aston Brown (Lochend) v David Sexton (Viewpark)

81kg: Grant Quigley (Port Glasgow) v Tommy Philbin (Lochend).