Hawick boxing duo square up for Scottish championships

Macauly Walker (left) and Connor Sutherland get some last minute tips from coach Gareth Walker
Macauly Walker (left) and Connor Sutherland get some last minute tips from coach Gareth Walker

Young Hawick boxers Connor Sutherland and Macauly Walker travelled to Motherwell last weekend to prepare for next month’s Scottish Junior Championships.

The recently-crowned Eastern District champions were selected to train with other young hopefuls who were put through their paces at the Forgewood Boxing Club.

Commenting on the invitation, junior coach Gareth Walker said: “Both Macauly and Connor sparred six rounds each with other top lads from clubs throughout Scotland.

“This was a great learning opportunity for them and it will benefit them as they prepare for next month’s Scottish championships.

“If they are successful in the Scottish they will go on to box for Scotland which means they then qualify to box in the British championships.

“Both of the lads are really excited at the prospect of boxing for top honours and for the next few weeks we will be working hard in the gym to make sure they are 100 per cent ready.”

Based at the Think Fitness facility in O’Connell Street, the Hawick club currently has five boxers registered with Amateur Boxing Scotland.

These include 15-year-old Zack Clarkson and 27-year-old Yetholm farmer Tom Robson.

And, according to coach Walker, both are fantastic prospects.

“Zack is a really good up-and-coming youngster. He has loads of heart, guts and boxing ability, and although Tom Robson is a novice, he has won both his heavyweight bouts, he is a really tough guy and has a bright future in the game.

“We have had several new faces in the gym over the past few weeks, especially since the young lads won their titles, so who knows, one of them may be a champion of the future.”

Sean Gentleman’s bout against Paul Stewart was cancelled last weekend due to illness.

The 18-year-old Hawick welterweight had been unwell leading up to the bout, but will be in action during the next few weeks.