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Lynch looking to follow on from historic medal with Commonwealth triumph

Fresh off the back of making history last year, Reese Lynch is ready and rare to go just under two weeks out of Birmingham 2022.

Lynch was the first ever Scottish athlete to win a medal at the World Boxing Championships in November in Serbia, claiming bronze in the light-welterweight category in Belgrade aged just 20.

A result like that was always going to give him added confidence, and he followed that bronze medal with silver in the international Gee Bee tournament in Finland.

And the Fauldhouse boxer, 21, looks back fondly on his history making moment.

“That was good, I enjoyed it, I always like going to Serbia,” said Lynch, who is one of over 1,100 elite athletes on UK Sport’s National Lottery-funded World Class Programme, allowing them to train full time, have access to the world’s best coaches and benefit from pioneering technology, science and medical support.

“I went as a youth for one, the golden gloves tournament – ​​I went twice and I won it twice, so I like to think that Serbia is my good country.

“There was some buzz being in the ring and seeing the boys when I won in the quarter-finals, seeing all the Scottish boys gone mad.

“They were probably more excited than me to be fair.

“I had a few tough fights out there as well and I managed to put my name in there and show what I can do as well – it was just brilliant.”

After that success, Lynch’s next target is Commonwealth Games glory, which he insists he is ready for.

He said: “I’m ready. I mean, you’ve done all the hard work here and there are still a few weeks to go as well.

“Since I was younger I’ve always wanted to go to the Commonwealth Games and I’ve seen that in Glasgow as well – it’s a dream come true really.

“So I’m ready to go and grab the gold and see all the boys as well.

“I gained a lot of confidence from that (success in Serbia).

“I think it only gives you confidence knowing I’ve been competing with the best in the world.

“It just gives you a confidence boost going to the Commonwealth Games and knowing that you can perform at that level.

“I know that as long as I perform well, I can definitely get a gold at the Commonwealth Games.”

This summer, Team Scotland, supported by funding raised by National Lottery players, will comprise of over 250 athletes in total, and having secured his place on the squad, Lynch is looking for medal success.

Lynch’s success in November saw him selected to become a fully-funded athlete on UK Sport’s National Lottery-funded World Class Program with British Boxing in Sheffield.

And he is extremely grateful to National Lottery players for allowing him to follow his dream.

He said: “a big thank you to everybody that plays The National Lottery, they obviously make it possible for people like me to get funded.

“I can go down to Sheffield and train full-time and here too, I’ve been here training full-time as well for the Commonwealth Games.

“Obviously they fund everything as well from a grassroots level. So even the clubs and stuff like that in Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland get funded as well.

“I’m just thankful that it’s there.”

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