Silver medallist student eyes pro boxing career
Ewan Hamilton returned to his Uniformed Services class at Ayrshire College earlier this month proud as punch with a silver medal in hand.
Ewan was one of 480 fighters competing in the King of the Ring tournament in Sweden - his first experience of boxing abroad.
The 17-year-old took on a Swedish boxer in the final of the 2001-60kg category, and although he didn't get the decision, believes he'll come back stronger. Ewan fights out of North West Amateur Boxing Club in Onthank, and studies Uniformed Services at the Kilmarnock Campus of Ayrshire College - which he credits with helping his fitness ahead of boxing tournaments.
Training three times a week in the boxing gym and working on his cardio and strength training in his own time and at college, Ewan has aspirations of becoming a professional boxer - and has his eyes on a world title.
Ewan, from Kilmarnock, said "I've always wanted to turn pro and become world champion, that's every boxer's dream isn't it?
"It's all down to working hard and dedicating yourself to it, so fingers crossed I can reach that level one day. I've had 30 amateur bouts and the King of the Ring was my first time boxing outside of the UK.
"It was a great experience. I've taken a lot away from it - especially after the fight, going over it with my coaches and absorbing everything. It was great to find out so much about how different clubs and countries go about their training, and how different judges score fights.
"My boxing club had four fighters representing them and we brought home 1 gold and 3 silver medals. We're funded by QTS and they agree to send us out because our coaches have had a lot of success there before.
"Now that I've had a taste for it I just want to be doing it all the time now."
As well as helping to maintain his fitness levels, Ewan's Uniformed Services course helps him develop his communication, leadership and teamwork skills. In the New Year, Ewan and his classmates will be taking part in a week-long trip to Dreghorn's Territorial Army, ahead of his next big tournament in February - the Scottish Championships.
David Malcolm, lecturer in Uniformed Services at Ayrshire College, said "Ewan is an excellent student and an asset to the new level 6 uniformed service course, with a great future ahead of him. Whatever he chooses to do or service he selects."
20 December 2018