1978 Boxing Successes

80660_01_lgA 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

Featuring Blantyre Project Social Media with permission. Strictly not for use by others on or offline, our visitors said,

Margaret Slaven Mc Sorley My dad and my grandad also trained the boxers and my bro Thomas trains them in braveheart boxing.
Hugh Sugar Kelly Pat slaven was a coach when I boxed at the welfare. Top bloke.
Margaret Slaven Mc Sorley Thanks Hugh 💚💚
Margaret Slaven Mc Sorley Sorry a meant our Thomas trains in priestfeild !!
Isabella Chatham No one men sooner my son Joe Chatham he was a good one he was a great southpaw great champion I was so proud of him he put his S cottage medal around his dead fathers neck
Margaret Slaven Mc Sorley A remember ma dad talking about wee joe chatam think ma dad lot of time for him .xc
Margaret Slaven Mc Sorley Lot to be proud of isobella xx

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