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Scottish boxers benefit from Gold Coast training camp

The Scottish men’s boxing team were sweating it out at a two-week training camp on the Gold Coast as they ramp up preparations for GC2018.

Under the watchful eye of Boxing Scotland National Coach and Performance Director Mike Keane, nine athletes from Boxing Scotland have been on the Gold Coast to acclimatise to the weather and take part in an intensive training camp.

The camp culminated with a fight night against a group of Queensland boxers at the Nerang PCYC, where the Scottish team had based their training.

Headlining the list of Scottish boxers acclimatising here on the Gold Coast was Glasgow 2014 bronze medallist Reece McFadden (52kg).

McFadden stormed into medal contention at his hometown Games as a teenager in 2014 when he upset then World No.1 flyweight Andrew Selby in his opening fight. However, his gold medal quest was dashed by eventual champion Andrew Moloney of Australia, in a semi-final split decision.

Now a more seasoned boxer, 21-year-old McFadden is hoping to use his previous Commonwealth Games experience to his advantage in his quest to claim the gold medal on the Gold Coast in 2018.

A bronze medal is a great achievement, even getting to the Commonwealth Games is a great achievement, but I’m only focussed on one thing and that’s that gold medal.

I had the right mentality the last time, I’m just going to work on that mentality for the next Commonwealth Games here on the Gold Coast.

McFadden said the two-week camp had been beneficial for the team with 14 months to go before GC2018.

It’s been brilliant, it’s totally different from back home.

It’s all about preparation for the Gold Coast in 2018, just training in different facilities and being a warm weather camp, it’s something different.

Light-flyweight teammate Aqeel Ahmed (49kg) is also aiming to improve on his performance Glasgow 2014, where he fell just shy of a medal.

I lost out on a medal so this time around I’ve got high expectations of myself.

The Scottish boxers and coaches were not keen to return home to the bleak winter weather. As well as a fantastic training camp their time on the Gold Coast has provided extra motivation to earn selection and be back here for the Games in 2018.