Montrose boxer John Docherty was one of the golden successes of the Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa.
John fought a tremendous bout against Ben Whittaker of England, but had a nervous wait during the long pause before he was announced the 75kg champion. The roar that went up from the packed stand of Youth Team Scotland athletes and staff resonated around the hall as he leapt in the air in celebration.
“It’s an unbelievable feeling,” he said. “The gold is coming back to Scotland! I just can’t believe how far I’ve come to get gold. Now I’m aiming for the next Commonwealth Games, the senior ones in Australia and I’ll be going for that gold again! I’m a senior next year and this is going to give me a big boost.”
The crowd barely had time to catch their breath after John’s win before they were celebrating another Scottish victory, Sean Lazzerini declared the 81kg winner after less than a round as he left his Tongan opponent reeling from a body shot.
“I’m just so happy I did it and I did it for Scotland,” Sean said. “I wish it had gone a bit longer than it did but I did the job I came here to do and got that gold medal. it feels amazing. I can’t put it into words. When the national anthem was playing and the flag was going up I could feel tears.”
* Pictured are John Docherty, Gold and Billy Stuart, Silver.