LYTHAM boxer Scott Cardle picked up an unexpected gold medal at the GeeBee tournament in Finland after moving up a weight division from light-welter to welterweight.
Cardle was only informed of the change at short notice and was immediately thrown into a sparring session with fellow GB boxer Anthony Fowler.
As well as winning the sparring session, Cardle floored Fowler and gave him a suspected broken nose.
This turn of events created a problem for the British coaches as Fowler was part of a seven-man squad due to fly to Helsinki the next day and was in no position to box.
As a result Cardle took his place.
After intense work from the GB administration team and a hasty unscheduled return home to Lytham to collect his passport, Cardle (right) successfully took Fowler’s seat on the plane.
Despite Cardle being thrown in at the deep end and giving away five kilos, he outpointed Jesse Ross, of Australia, in the quarter-final.
A close semi-final contest against elite Irish champion Adam Nolan saw Cardle win on countback to take him into the final against the Russian Alexander Klinkov, who was coming off a major title win at the Kings Cup in Thailand.
Cardle prepared diligently for the final, studying the tall and strong Russian’s recent bouts only to be informed that Klinkov had withdrawn with a shoulder injury, leaving the Lytham boxer with the gold.
Cardle will have no time to savour this success at his new weight as he is scheduled to box at welterweight yet again in the Ukraine in a couple of weeks.