Byron Boxing Club’s John Docherty secured a bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games but admitted he was left ‘sick’ at missing out on the chance to go for gold medal glory.
Docherty lost a unanimous points decision to talented Cameroon fighter Dieudonne Wilfried Seyi Ntsengue in the 75kg semi-final at Gold Coast, Australia.
The Aberdeen trained fighter started well but couldn’t get the better of the Cameroon Middleweight who is the reigning African continental champion.
Docherty, 20, had previously won Commonwealth Youth Games gold in Samoa in 2015 and was determined to add senior gold in Australia.
He said: “Bronze feels good but to be honest I’m sick.
“I’ve trained hard for that gold medal and I’m so disappointed not to get it.
“I tried to box him, but he was too long in reach and awkward.
“After that I had to take it to him. I’ve had four hard fights and I felt it in there tonight.
“I’ve beaten some good boys on the way but I know I could have done better tonight.”
Fellow Scot Reece McFadden also suffered semi-final disappointment at Oxenford Studios in Gold Coast.
Motherwell’s McFadden lost out to Northern Ireland fighter Brendan Irvine.
The Scot looked to land the majority of the punches and had the Australian crowd in raptures throughout.
At the close of three rounds, the judges awarded the bout to the Northern Irishman to the surprise of most in the arena.
McFadden said: “I thought I boxed really well.
“I caught him with the cleaner shots and thought I won that fight.
“I came here for gold and I believe I won that fight.
“I was enjoying myself throughout.
“I’ve been boxing since I was seven years-old and I know when I win.”
Both Docherty and McFadden will collect their medals on Saturday following the conclusion of the gold medal bouts at Oxenford Studios.