Commonwealth Games Scotland (CGS) in conjunction with Boxing Scotland has confirmed that Lochend’s Lewis Benson will take the tenth and final boxing berth for Team Scotland at Glasgow 2014.
Following last week’s selection announcement of nine boxers, Benson faced a box-off against Connor Law (Glenrothes) last weekend, in the ultimate decider as to who would go to the Games in the 69kg Welterweight category. In an outstanding and close fought bout, Benson won 2:1 on a split decision. He was subsequently nominated for selection by Boxing Scotland.
Delighted have finally come out on top, Lewis said: “To represent Team Scotland means everything, I wanted it all and throughout this qualification I gave it my all.
“To pull on the Scottish vest in front of the home support at Glasgow is going to be massive! Getting to this stage has not been easy for me, I’ve had an uphill battle because I moved up from 64kg after winning the Scottish and British Nationals twice. I gained 5kg and moved up a weight category because everyone said I was winning because I was bigger than everybody else and now, all that effort has paid off.
“I am really looking forward to boxing this summer but the whole experience will be incredible. The village will be a lot of fun, I watch Usain Bolt and guys like that on TV - they are heroes to me so to get the chance to chat with them would be really cool.
“All I knew was I wanted people to turn on the TV this summer and see me in the Scottish vest and I knew to do that I had to beat Connor Law, I’ve beaten him twice now and all I’m looking forward to is winning that gold medal at Glasgow.”
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