Scotland’s first World Youth Champ Willie Hutchison discusses Russia triumph, future plans

Phil Jay 21/12/2016

Willie Hutchison celebrated becoming the first World Youth Champion from Scottish shores last month when the 18 year-old brought home gold from Russia.

The Springhill ABC fighter has already laid claim to being the most decorated amateur from Scotland and now wants to use the victory as a platform to further honours.

Speaking to WBN just weeks after his win, the adulation and experience gained from his world-beating triumph still seems to be sinking in for the Shotts youngster.

“It was just unbelievable, and still is. I’ve never had a feeling like it and I can’t describe it. World Champion? – Wow,” Hutchison expressed to World Boxing News in a pre-Christmas interview.

“My club, Springhill ABC, and my family both gave me special homecoming receptions, which I felt quite emotional about. I was really pleased to have everyone who’s been involved and helped me along the way all in one place to celebrate with me. They’re the ones that have really made the sacrifices for me, particularly my family.

“A priority now is getting sponsorship to take the big financial burden off them, otherwise I simply won’t be able to continue. I’m desperate to give them something back.”

Asked about his plans for 2017 and the possibility of securing future places at the top tournaments in the world, Hutchison revealed big ambitions moving forward.

“I don’t really know what’s coming at this point. I just want to keep winning gold medals and to finish what I’ve started – realising my potential is the most important thing now, along with securing a sponsor to join me on the journey.

“I absolutely want to go to the Olympics and Commonwealth Games and to take home the gold for Scotland and Britain.

“Also, I was approached about maybe joining the World Series of Boxing when I was competing at the World Youth Championships and it’s something I would definitely like to do. At the moment, my coach and family feel I’m still a bit young for that at this point. But perhaps when I am around 20.

“I think I need to get some time in the seniors under my belt first, but it’s an exciting prospect when the time’s right,” he added.