Boxing: Killeen down but not out after BUCS final defeat

Alex Killeen (left) lost to Dale Martin in the BUCS Gatorade Nationals.
Alex Killeen (left) lost to Dale Martin in the BUCS Gatorade Nationals.

Rossington boxer Alex Killeen insists he will bounce back in style after seeing gold escape his grasp at the BUCS Gatorade Nationals.

The 19-year-old recently lost out in the U81kg final to fellow Northumbria University student Dale Martin at Sheffield’s Ponds Forge.

However, the teenager has vowed to return stronger for the lessons learned in the Steel City.

“I’m not really disappointed, I thought I would be if I lost but in that bout it was the best I ever boxed against a much more experienced opponent,” said Killeen.

“I would’ve loved the gold but the performance was good and I gave it my all so I can’t complain.

“It was a good battle and I definitely left my mark. He’s not going to forget that.

“I came into the tournament with the lowest amount of fights you can have to enter. Apart from the final it was just the quarters and the semis I’d fought as a carded boxer.

“I’ve only been boxing a year and I lost my first one after six months, but I think when you lose you come back stronger and that’s what I intend to do now.”

With Killeen in the first year of his degree in the North East, this was the teenager’s first taste of the BUCS Gatorade Nationals.

The psychology student admits he has no dreams of making it as a professional, but he is not about to hang up his gloves any time soon.

“Hopefully I won’t have to make a career out of boxing but it would definitely be a hobby,” he said.

“The amateur game is something I’d love to keep on doing.”