Jan 23 2013 By Andrew Weston
Springhill boxing ace Scott Forrest claimed a brilliant victory against England on enemy territory last week which clinched Scotland a famous win in their recent Home International.
The 18-year-old answered an SOS from Scottish officials to make his senior debut at the Rainton Meadows Arena, Sunderland after Edinburgh fighter Brian Forsyth fell ill.
And with the teams level at five bouts apiece, it was left to Scott to see his country home — which he did following victory over Dean Laing.
His efforts come on the back of a fine performance at the 2012 World Youths Championships last month where he won a silver medal.
There was not much to choose between the fighters in the first round as both boxers were trying to find suitable openings and it was in round two when the real action started.
From then on, it was a tough battle with Scott having the better of the exchanges but his
opponent immediately came back with his own decent counters.
The crowd were on their feet in the third round of the 81kg contest as it became obvious this was going to a deciding round.
Pushing himself to the limit the man in blue gain the upper hand to claim a great win.
Coach Frank Delaney said: “He is boxing with a lot of confidence and winning a medal at the World Championships has given him a big boost.
“It was a fantastic night’s boxing, with loads of good fights. I can’t remember the last time we beat England.”
Scott’s elder brother Robert was also in action at the show and he was unlucky, losing narrowly to John Docherty in their 71kg bout.
The balance of power swayed from one boxer to the other with neither giving up until the final bell. In the end, it was the Englishman who got the majority decision
Delaney added: “It was a really tough fight and Robert did well against an experienced opponent who has lost just twice.”