Young boxers are a-bout to hit the big time!

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A KNOCK-out team of top young boxers fought their way to glory in a showcase event.

Auchengeich Amateur Boxing Club recently held the sport’s Western District Championships at the Pivot Centre, in Moodiesburn.

The event was the biggest and best yet – attracting hundreds of fight fans and more than 170 entries.

It was also massively successful for local boxers, who reached five finals and landed four titles.

The wins were made all the more poignant as the competition took place almost exactly a year after the death of Auchengeich coach Ricky Kiernan.

Coach Joe Martin said: “I was delighted about how the championships went and with the fantastic support given to us by the community.

“Over two days we had boxers competing from across the west of Scotland and we took home four golds and a silver. I’m overwhelmed at the way these kids box – they really fought out of their skins.”

The victories came shortly after the club, which has been producing top fighters for 37 years, moved from their previous base at the Pivot Centre to the Fighting Scots Gym, in Stepps.

The change of premises led to the youngsters receiving some invaluable advice from a famous face.

Joe explained: “Ricky Burns, the WBO lightweight world champion, trains at the gym and in November talked to the boys.

“It really gave them a huge lift and helped them get motivated.”

The winning boxers are pictured with coaches Gordon Know and Joe Martin (from back, left) Bradley Moultrie (12), Taylor McGregor (12), Jason Fagan (12), Steven Knox (13) and Paul Duncan (13).

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