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Bright future for young Turriff boxer


By Sean McAngus


Boxer Nathaniel Cook proudly wearing his gold medal from the Intermediate Championships.
Boxer Nathaniel Cook proudly wearing his gold medal from the Intermediate Championships.

Young boxer Nathaniel Cook believes seeing fighters like Callum Stuart and Billy Stuart shining in the professional ranks can inspire him.

This comes as the 15-year-old recently returned home with a Scottish intermediate gold medal from Boxing Scotland’s Intermediate Championships, held at the Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility in Motherwell.

The S4 Turriff Academy pupil trains twice a week at both Macduff Boxing Club and Granite City Boxing Club.

Boxer Nathaniel Cook with his younger brother Ben (10) who recently won silver at the Northern District Championship.
Boxer Nathaniel Cook with his younger brother Ben (10) who recently won silver at the Northern District Championship.

The pugilist also bagged a silver medal at the Northern District Championships last weekend.

Cook said: “I have been working really hard for this and to get the gold medal is a great feeling.

“I have been boxing almost three years and fighting for around two years.

“I find it challenging but it is a good sport to keep fit.

“Looking up to them (Billy and Callum Stuart) is brilliant and seeing them progress is great to see.

“I like looking up to them and I get a lot of tips from them.

“I speak to them a lot.

“I just need to keep on fighting away and keep on training as hard as I can.”

All kids are welcome to come along to the town hall in Macduff and under instruction from William Stuart to give boxing a try. Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7pm until 8pm.
All kids are welcome to come along to the town hall in Macduff and under instruction from William Stuart to give boxing a try. Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7pm until 8pm.

Proud coach William Stuart reckons that Cook has a bright future ahead of him in the boxing game – if he sticks with it.

He said: “He’s one of our prospects.

“He has done well, but could do with pushing himself a bit harder.

“Obviously, that’s down to me as well. Being a trainer you have to encourage and push them along the way.

“Nathaniel going through to Aberdeen is brilliant because he gets good sparring.

“Training more gets you fitter.

“When they get to teenagers it is really hard to get them to commit.

“However, if he sticks to it he can go places with boxing – there is no doubt about that.”

Next weekend, Cook will be fighting in the 48kg category at the National Schools and Junior Championships, which take place at Ravenscraig.

His younger brother Ben will also be competing in the competition.

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