MSc Engineering student Jeremie Besson represented Aston University and the Netherlands at this year’s World University Boxing Championships which were held in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.
Jeremie, who was last year awarded a Sport Aston Sport Scholarship, competed against boxers (many of them Olympians and even Olympic medallists) from 20 countries around the world in this highly prestigious and high profile event.
The competition was broadcast live on Mongolian national television, with Jeremie representing Aston University to an international audience – with a strong contingent there from Asia and Eastern Europe.
Jeremie narrowly missed out on a place in the Semi Finals after he was leading his Taiwanese opponent comfortably on points towards the end of the second round (they only fight three rounds) when he was caught by a lucky punch and the bout was stopped by the referee.
Although disappointed, Jeremie continued to represent Aston University at the tournament and he was over the moon to be given this once in a lifetime opportunity.
Over the last year, Jeremie has been a great ambassador for Aston University and the Sports Scholarship scheme, which aims to enable highly talented sports men and women, who are also gifted academically, to continue to compete in their sporting disciplines to a very high standard.
Find out more about the sports scholarship scheme here.
Words by Simon Foster