Despite an early exit from last weekend’s Scottish championships, Hawick welterweight Sean Gentleman is set to top the bill at Dalkeith on Sunday.
Eighteen-year-old Gentleman’s dreams of a Scottish Championships were derailed last Saturday when he travelled to Motherwell’s Ravenscraig sports facility.
In a hard-fought contest, Gentleman lost a split-decision to Chuck Obiara from the O’Neil’s Gym in Cambuslang, Glasgow.
Commenting on his fighter’s performance Hawick club coach Stuart Bell said: “Sean didn’t stick to the game plan in the first two rounds.
“Although the rounds were close, Obiara did more and he won them.
“In the third round Sean boxed brilliantly and followed the gameplan perfectly. He won that round by a wide margin.
“If Sean had boxed like this in the first two rounds he would have progressed to the second round. He will learn from this and I think he has a bright future. He has worked very hard recently and success will come.”
That takes the Hawick fighter’s record to six wins from 15 bouts, but according to the Teri’s coach this does not reflect Gentleman’s true ability.
He said: “He’s a far better boxer than his record suggests. It’ll come good. He needs to keep up the hard work and stay focused.”
On Sunday, Gentleman headlines a show at Dalkeith Miner’s Club when he takes on Paul Stewart from the Midlothian Boxing Club.
And although coach Bell is predicting a tough night for Gentleman, he is convinced the Hawick fighter will come out on top.
“Paul Stewart is a good lad and a solid performer, but Sean has the ability to beat him.
“Once again it’s about sticking to the plan. If he does this and he boxes like we all know he can do, he’ll pull this off. I’m confident that Sean can win this bout. He has worked extremely hard since the start of the season. His weight had dropped from 85kgs to 69kgs, so it is plain to see that he has put the effort in.”
Bell is confident that the Hawick club is on the up and up and following recent Eastern District successes with Connor Sutherland and Macauly Walker, there has been an influx of youngsters through the door of the Think Fitness facility in Hawick.
“Since Connor and Macauly won their titles we have been busy in the gym.
“Lots of new faces have been coming along and that can only be a great thing for the future of the club.”