Craigmillar boxer Jason Easton narrowly missed out on gold for Scotland after losing in the final of the 64kg weight division at the Belgrade Winners Tournament.
The 23-year-old, who lost to Lewis Benson in the Scottish Championship final at the end of last month, came through his quarter-final bout in the Serbian capital unscathed on Friday evening, Sweden’s Laziz Sharifov unable to compete with the vastly superior Edinburgh fighter.
However, it was Easton’s semi-final contest that really caught the eye as he delivered a terrific body shot on Slovenian Edin Dejdinovic in the second round which brought the contest to an end – Easton deservedly booking his spot in Sunday evening’s final.
But against Norway’s Hadi Srour, a boxer at the top of his game by Easton’s own admission, it was the Scandinavian’s glove that was raised after a hard-fought three rounds.
“He’s never been beaten by anyone from Scotland and is absolute class and very technical,” Easton said. “He put me down in the first round but I picked up the pace in the second and third rounds. I was disappointed I lost as I wanted gold, but silver is a good achievement. I had a good time with the guys out there as well.”
With Lochend boxer Benson suffering from a bout of tonsillitis, Easton has been called up as his replacement for next week’s BOXAM Multi-Nations Tournament in Murcia, Spain.
“I’m looking forward to going away again but it will be tough having had so many fights recently,” Easton added.