Josh Taylor among five boxers in Scots finals

Josh Taylor provided the sole knockout of the day. Pic: Greg Macvean
Josh Taylor provided the sole knockout of the day. Pic: Greg Macvean
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Five boxers from Edinburgh and the Lothians secured their place in the Scottish Championships finals at Scotstoun over the weekend.

Lochend trio Lewis Benson (69kg), Josh Taylor (64kg) and Aston Brown (75kg), Clovenstone’s Ryan McCutcheon (52kg) and East Lothian’s Craig Fairgrieve (91kg) all made it through to the showpiece at the Emirates Arena on Friday, March 28. There was, however, disappointment for six other fighters from the region, including Lochend’s David Dickson (56kg), Kevin Skey (60kg) and Tommy Philbin (81kg), Craigmillar’s Jason Easton (64kg), Meadowbank’s Lewis Paulin (60kg) and, in the women’s event, Elaine Greenan of Livingston (64kg).

Benson, who needed a split decision to see off the Hayfield’s Stuart Burt, will now fight Connor Law – the Scottish No. 1 at 69kg – in the final as he aims to show off his Commonwealth Games credentials.

Taylor, fighting at 64kg, produced the only knockout of the day against Andrew Smart of Elgin as the fight was brought to a halt in round two, while Brown beat David Sexton of Viewpark in the 75kg. The 22-year-old is another expected to be announced in the Scottish boxing side for Glasgow in July.

McCutcheon will face Forgewood’s Reece McFadden in the 52kg final after he beat Scott Wotherspoon of Cleland Miners by a split decision. The Clovenstone boxer hopes to retain his title after winning the championship at Meadowbank last year. Fairgrieve was a 
comfortable winner in his 91kg bout with Cardenden’s Craig Russell to set up a final clash with strong favourite Stephen Lavelle of the Hayfield.