A teenaged prospect who trains in sneakers and fights in soccer boots and a trailblazing feminine preventing veteran gave Australia the proper begin to a stacked boxing semi-final session as Callum Peters and Kaye Scott booked their place in Sunday’s gold medal bouts.
Australia had 5 fighters in motion on the NEC in Birmingham, with Scott and Peters headlining the morning motion. Both will battle for prime spot on the rostrum, with Scott successful a cut up choice over Mozambique’s Alcinda Helena Panguane at gentle middleweight and Peters, a middleweight, easing previous South Africa’s Simnikiwe Bongo.
Scott labored effectively off her jab and landed the extra high quality pictures as her opponent drove ahead with flurries repeatedly. There was little in it however Scott, now 38 and a welterweight bronze medallist from 2018, saved her cool because the referee raised her hand.
She has been a mainstay of ladies’s boxing in Australia and advocated for the game because it sought equal footing in main novice tournaments. Scott stated she used to knock on doorways to promote sweets to fund her journey and a gold medal could be her crowning achievement.
“I can’t even put it in words. It just means so, so much to me and my family and everyone else who has supported us on the way,” she stated.
“It’s been a tough journey. I remember right back to the beginning, even though I was No.1 in Australia I was selling Cadbury fundraisers door-to-door just to go to the World Championships,” Scott stated.
“It wasn’t funded at all, there was no money from the government. I’d tried to raise three or four thousand dollars. I’ve had some really fantastic support, it’s just generosity. They don’t get much back from it in amateur boxing.”
Peters is at his first worldwide match and appears an impressive younger fighter. Already, he has main promoters in Australia vying for his signature, however he has loads of enterprise left to complete in Birmingham and onto Paris in 2024.