Boxer wants to make it on the world stage
WORLD domination is already in the sights of a rising boxing star, just weeks after being selected to represent Scotland.
Cameron New, from Lochwinnoch, will take to the ring for the national team at the Great Britain Championships in June, but is determined to use the tournament as a stepping stone to greater things.
The 16-year-old told Gazette Sport: "I see myself being a World Champion some day and that is what I am aiming to achieve.
"You have to get a bit of luck to make it all the way, but with my power I don't see why I can't."
Cameron's selection for the national team was not straightforward though, as due to his size he had no-one to challenge for the Scottish title.
The undefeated fighter, who weighs in at 81kg, said: "Since I'm so big for my age I can't really get anyone to fight.
"If you win the Scottish then you get invited along to train with the national squad.
"But no-one entered my category so I didn't get that chance and fortunately I got asked to join the training camp anyway and from there have now been selected for the Scotland squad to compete at the Great Britain Championships.
"It means a lot to me and shows that all the hard work and dedication has paid off.
"I know it will be a step up in quality boxing on an international stage but I will relish that."
Cameron trains at Linwood Boxing Club, which is based in Johnstone, under the watchful eye of experienced trainer John McIntyre.
And John has high hopes for his young protege.
He said: "Cameron is dedicated to sport and is almost training full-time, and yet he is only 16-years-old.
"He's an excellent boxer, very fit and well conditioned.He never misses a training session and such is his talent that he is already sparring with senior international Scottish boxers.The future is certainly bright for Cameron."
But Cameron is just one of a clutch of young boxers to have come out of Lochwinnoch, with Gordon Rushbrook, 14, and teenage brothers Allan and Lee Dickson all showing real promise.
Johnstone High pupil Lee, 15, said: "I lost my first fight but I'm really determined and if I keep training hard then I know I will start to get the wins I want."
McIntyre's Gym, which is on George Street, is open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 5pm to 7pm. Absolutely no experience is required - just turn up.
This article appeared in The Gazette 12 Jun 12