A good show was put on by Blantyre Boxers in April 1978 at Meadowbank where the Scottish Youth Boxing Championships were being held.
Three were among the medals. Sixteen year old Hugh Kelly who boxed with the Blantyre Miner’s Welfare Club lifted the Bantamweight Class B title. Fellow colleague William Johnstone (16), boxing lightweight just failed to get to the final. Fourteen year old Tommy Campbell won the 14 year old Bantam title.
That year, 2 new coaches had joined the Blantyre club. Jim Melrose, the ex-professional and Scottish Amateur International and John McDermott, the Olympic Gold Medallist started coaching at the Miner’s club.
From “Blantyre Explained” by Paul Veverka (c) 2017
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