In an incredible achievement for a local club, four members of Newarthill’s Keir Hardie Amateur Boxing Club have recently won British medals.
Stephen McKenna, Aqeel Ahmed, Stephen Black and Lewis Hay have all shone at GB Tri Nations competitions this summer.
Club head coach Barry Clark said: “I was delighted for the boys that they managed to fight at such a high level.
“Winning at a Scottish level can be absolutely brilliant, but competing against and beating English opponents was an even greater achievement for all of them.”
Stephen McKenna (15), of Mossend, won gold in the junior 63kg class at Ravenscraig back in May, while Aqeel (23), from Motherwell, triumphed in the senior 49kg light flyweight class at Rotherham in June.
The glorious medal-winning form of Newarthill ABC members also included Lewis (18), of Cleland, landing youth 60kg lightweight silver at Rotherham in April.
And the quartet of medals was completed by the schoolboy 38kg silver landed by Stephen Black (14), of New Stevenston, in Swansea in June.
Winning four GB championships in separate age classes was undoubtedly a phenomenal achievement for the Keir Hardie Amateur Boxing Club lads.
Another point of note about Aqeel was that he was the only senior male Scottish champion to beat a GB squad member opponent in the final.
Barry added: “This brings Aqeel’s medal tally to two golds and a silver in his last three tournaments and he will be travelling to Sheffield to take part in assessments for the GB squad.”
Meanwhile, Cardinal Newman High School pupil Stephen McKenna landed his second GB title in three years when succeeding at Ravenscraig. He will now set his sights on hopefully securing a place in the Scotland squad for the Junior World Championships in St Petersburg, Russia.