Lochend help youth champion Craig Morgan go the extra mile

Top team: Craig Morgan and Lochend coach Eric Brown
Top team: Craig Morgan and Lochend coach Eric Brown
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Scottish 60kg youth champion Craig Morgan says the reputation of Lochend Boxing Club makes the 50-mile round trip he undertakes every day all the more worthwhile.

The 17-year-old, who lives in Kelty, Fife, was crowned national champion last Saturday with an unanimous victory over Broadwood’s Aiden Duggan and will now look to make it double gold when he contests the British title in Sheffield next weekend. For Morgan, who has now won the Scottish title five times including both Junior and Schoolboy titles, the benefits of training at the Capital club far outweighs the weekly mileage he has to cover.

“When you go to tournaments across Britain or the world, you don’t look at the names of the boxers you look at the clubs they’re from,” the teenager said. “If I was to fight someone from England who is from Repton Boxing Club then you’d immediately say to yourself ‘oh, I’m in for a hard fight here’ and the same applies to Lochend. I’m training at the best club in Scotland as far as I’m concerned and it’s showing in my results. On paper, it was meant to be a very hard fight against Duggan but I’ve been sparring against amazing pros in Lewis Benson and Josh Taylor, picking up new things so you can’t buy that sort of experience at my level. I reckon the fight should have stopped as I kept picking him off in all three rounds.

“If I win the British as well, then there’s a really good chance I could be picked for the Youth Commonwealth Games in the Bahamas this summer. It’s going to be difficult but I’m now boxing full-time so I think I’ve got a good chance of making them. I’m just concentrating on Sheffield now.”