A BOXING competition featuring more than 60 teams from across Europe took place in Forth Valley last month.

Between Friday, July 8 and Sunday, July 10, Jonesy's Boxing Club hosted their inaugural William Wallace Box Cup event at St Modan’s High School.

The first annual event of its kind in Scotland, hosted by a Scottish club, and welcomed 64 teams from across the UK and Europe to a weekend of extremely high-level boxing.

The Plean based club's volunteers had planned for the event to take place in 2020 but the pandemic stalled the event to this year.

This, however, allowed the club to run a flawless event from start to finish with immense feedback from participating clubs and boxers. The event was subject to last minute call-offs, but the team made sure all travelling boxers got a bout which was welcomed by the coaches and boxers.

The tournament saw more than 180 bouts, and 64 finals being contested, with representatives from many clubs taking home gold and silver medals.

Jonesy's Boxing Club had their own success at the event with boxers Lee Welsh, Ahmed Saleh, Colin Cairney and Tamsin Quigley taking home golds as well as Dean Montgomery, Stephen Steadwood, James Jones, and Zack McGuckin taking home silver medals.

Patrick Young was also in action but just lost out in a very tight semi-final that could have gone either way.

Frank Delaney, of Springhill Boxing Club, said: “What a fantastic weekend of boxing.

“Well organised and well run, it was an absolute pleasure for Springhill Boxing Club to be part of the inaugural William Wallace Box Cup."

Allen Gibson, community activation officer at Active Stirling, added: “The club, as always, have delivered a fantastic product in the William Wallace Box Cup which has gathered huge traction and praise due to it being so well organised and the attention to detail.

“Well done to all involved and I look forward to the next event.”

After such a successful first event, the second annual William Wallace Box Cup is planned to take place on the weekend of Friday, July 7, 2023.

The club would also like to thank all the event's sponsors for their massive assistance in getting the cup up and running.

For more details about Jonesy’s Boxing Club and the William Wallace Box Cup event, please contact Allen Gibson at gibsona@activestirling.org.uk or call 01786 234010.