Boxing: Taylor beats bug and his rival in ring

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PRESTONPANS’ Olympic hopeful Josh Taylor won an epic struggle on two fronts last night at St Andrew’s Sporting Club in Glasgow as he outpointed Liverpudlian lightweight Robbie Davies to give Scotland a 3-2 victory over England in an amateur boxing international match.

Southpaw Taylor won by 11-7 on points despite suffering illness which required him to take a course of antibiotics pre-fight.

Lochend coach Terry McCormack said: “Given his pre-bout struggle to get fit, Josh has shown he has the bottle to match his great ring talents. We’re all proud of him at the Lochend club.’’

However, Lochend light-welterweight Lewis Benson was critical of his own performance even though he lost his bout by a single countback point, 16-15, after taking his English ring rival Tabs Simmamande to the wire as they drew 12-12 initially on the judge’s scorecards.

“You could argue that being that close the verdict could have gone either way but, to be honest I didn’t box as well as I did in November’s Eastern championships,” said Benson. “However, I aim to make up for it on Saturday at Meadowbank in the Scottish Championships.’’

Meanwhile, Fauldhouse welterweight Scott Forrest also lost narrowly on points to his English opponent.