THREE Scottish boxers have been offered a place on GB Boxing’s World Class Programme (WCP) as full-time funded athletes following successful assessments.
Light-welterweight Reese Lynch, who made history by becoming Scotland’s first ever senior medalist at the AIBA World Championships in November, is among the new boxers.
Middleweight Sam Hickey was also successful with his final assessment, with the two boxers joining Flyweight Aqeel Ahmed, who was already part of the programme.
Bantamweight Matty McHale has also been offered a place on the GB squad, although he does not intend to take up the offer at this time.
Rob Roy boxer Reese Lynch, who claimed three wins at the World Championships en-route to a Bronze medal in Belgrade, was thrilled with the news.
The 20-year-old said: “Winning my medal at the Worlds was such a brilliant feeling and a moment I’ll always be proud of but to now also join GB Boxing, I’m delighted.
“Being able to train full-time will allow me to keep improving ahead of what is a very big year in terms of major boxing competitions and hopefully I can win some medals for both myself and my country along the way.”
Meanwhile Lochee Boxing Club’s Sam Hickey, who competed over five consecutive days in the 2021 Belgrade Winners competition overcoming world class opposition to claim Silver, was also delighted to join the set-up.
The Scottish boxers will train Monday to Thursday each week in the GB Boxing gym at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield.
“I’m buzzing to be here,” said Hickey.
“I know that now I’m part of this incredible set-up I have everything I need to give me the best possible chance of making all my ambitions come true.”
Boxing Scotland Performance Director and Joint National Coach Craig McEvoy was extremely proud of the boxer’s achievements, and revealed there could yet be another addition, with Bravehearts Welterweight Tyler Jolly set for an assessment next month.
McEvoy said: “We are delighted that after subsequent assessments at the end of 2021 that Reese Lynch and Sam Hickey have joined Aqeel Ahmed on the GB World Class Programme.
“Reese effectively secured his place by winning Scotland’s first ever senior elite medal at the World Championships in November.
“Next month we also have Tyler Jolly attending his final assessment and if successful that will be four Scottish boxers on the programme, which is the most ever, with five places offered in total including Matty McHale.
“The boxers still remain Boxing Scotland EBG boxers, and will train both down south with the World Class programme squad and also with Scotland’s Elite Boxer Group.”