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Young Male Athlete of 2022 – Ben Bonner – Boxing

Sponsored by Inverurie Youth Sports Foundation – Presented by William Lippe

After 12 regional assessment and two national assessments Ben made it onto the Boxing Scotland Performance Pathway Programme in April 2022. This is the first year he has been old enough to be eligible. He is the only boxer from Aberdeenshire currently on the programme.

In June Ben was selected to Box for Scotland at the British Championship after beating the English number two in the semi-final’s’ Ben went on to beat the English number 1 to become British Champion. In August Ben was selected to attend two international training camp with the boxing Scotland squad the first in Serbia and then another in Hungary. This led to Ben being one of only seven boxers selected for the European Junior Champions held in Italy in September 2022. Ben got to the final 16 in the 63kg category in the tournament exiting the competition after a harsh split decision with only one point in it to lose his bout to his Serbia opponent. Ben then went to Los Angeles to train for 10 days to put his loss behind him and get ready for whatever 2023 brings and be ready to fight anyone that comes his way.