Mike proud as punch to land national boxing role

Mike Keane from Kirkcaldy has been promoted to national coach and performance director of Boxing Scotland. Pic: Neil Doig
Mike Keane from Kirkcaldy has been promoted to national coach and performance director of Boxing Scotland. Pic: Neil Doig
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Mike Keane from Kirkcaldy has been promoted to the role of national coach and performance director of Boxing Scotland (BSL).

The new post will see Mike take the lead of the overall BSL performance program as well as coaching the nation’s best amateur boxers.

As national team coach, the 55-year-old played a key role as Scottish boxers claimed two golds and two bronze medals at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

He will be hoping for more success when he leads a team of young fighters to the 2015 Samoa Commonwealth Youth Games, which begin on Saturday.

Mike takes great pride in the progress Boxing Scotland has made since he first became involved in the performance program as a volunteer in 2009.

“Boxing Scotland has changed massively as an organisation – as I said in 2009 we took on new ambitions,” he said.

“It was a bold vision and one that didn’t seem achievable at times.

“People that have been involved in boxing over the last 10 or 20 years appreciate just how much things have changed.

“I am proud to have been involved with preparing teams that have produced some of Scotland’s best international medal hauls and performances in its entire history.”

Mike is also the founder, and head coach, of Kingdom Boxing Club in Kirkcaldy - a well-known gym which has produced a raft of champions over the years.

The facility has also been used to train national fighters for major events.

“I founded the club in 1998 – we still operate in the same premises to this day,” Mike said.

“I remain the head coach of the club and try to stay involved as much as I can with my other commitments.

“I feel it is important to stay attached to grass roots boxing.

“Kingdom Boxing Club has produced boxers who have competed at all levels over the years and we have produced District and Scottish Champions at School, Junior, Youth and Senior level at Novice, Intermediate and Open level.

“Not only that, we have also produced a number of GB Champions and had boxers represent Team Scotland at World Championships, Commonwealth Youth and Commonwealth Games level – a pretty good achievement from a small club in Kirkcaldy.”