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Boxer's blog... Scott signs off
Page last updated at 7:31PM UTC, Saturday, 20 March 2010
In his final blog, GB golden boy Scott arrives home to congratulations from Iron Mike and a welcome rest from the Indian media!
We have had a successful competition and I think that has a lot to do with how well the boys have bonded
Weaver got the finals off to a great start against Sri Lanka. He had shown his class in his first two bouts, and had already faced tougher competition in the tournament, so he just enjoyed himself in the ring and won easily!
I was due to be the next in the ring, but my Welsh opponent Jenkins had pulled out because of concussion from his fight the day before. Even though I had already won the gold by walkover, I still had to kit up and get in to the ring as if I was boxing.
Because I knew I had already won, I played up to the crowd as I walked to the ring, dancing and having a laugh. I had my arm raised immediately then got out of the ring to be harrassed by the Indian media again - a lot of people were mentioning the blogging I've been doing while I've been away!
Evans was in straight after me, and he was very nervous before he got into the ring. He was up against a tough Kenyan and this was his first senior tournament, so he admits not being used to the man strength yet! However, as soon as he got in that ring, nothing phased him and beat the kid easy with classy counters!
Vallily was next up to the ring. It was hard work for the coaches, because we were all up after one another, but they handled it well, with everybody warming up professionally and being ready for each bout.
Simon knew he was in for a fight after seeing the Kenyan beat our very own experienced Scotsman Simmons on points, but he didn't let that bother him when he got into the ring and rocked him early doors of the first round with a strong left hook which stopped the bout!
I was buzzing for big Si because this was his first proper international tournament, never mind his first major one, and he deserved the gold as much as anybody with his performances in India.
We had a bit of time until our next and last boy from the team had to box. Buglioni was up against the main man - the Indian who all of the crowd were raving about, so he knew he had a tough one! Frank was in his own little zone and felt more than confident. We were behind him 100% for this one and we knew he could do it!
The fight was close and could have been stopped earlier on with Frank cutting his nose, but with the pressure from the crowd the referee was forced to carry on and the Indian beat him by points. Frank should be nothing but proud of his performance and getting silver on his first international tournament was some achievement!
With boxing finally over, all of the boys were just gagging to get home to their families. The medallists went up to the podiums to collect their medals, our team were runners up for team of the tournament (the winners being India) and Iain Weaver was hailed the most promising boxer of the tournament.
We have had a successful competition and I think that has a lot to do with how well the boys have bonded for the twelve days we've been in India. There have been no arguments and we all got on perfectly together!
To finish things off for me, I was told that my all time idol Mike Tyson was living in my hometown and doing a dinner tour - and he wanted to meet me when I got back from India, so I spent a bit of time with him the morning after I hit UK soil! He was full of wise words and I learned a lot from him. This has been a childhood dream for me, ever since I started boxing, so I can now die a happy man!!
It's been a pleasure blogging!
52kg Gamal Yafai - the most intelligent on the squad....NOT! (he still thinks the earth is flat and you can fall over the edge!)