BACK ON TRACK
Hometown boy Darren Traynor, as expected, outpoints durable Jamie Quinn in the Granite City
AFTER being sidelined for nine months by a troublesome elbow injury, Aberdeen’s Scottish Area lightweight champ Darren Traynor topped a Northern Sporting Club bill on home ground at the Treetops Hotel, shaking off a little rust with a shutout six-round points victory over Stockport’s Jamie Quinn, who has only once failed to hear the final bell during his career. Kenny Pringle officiated.
Fresh from sparring former two-weight world titlist Carl Frampton, Macduff novice and former Commonwealth Youth Games silver medallist Billy Stuart went in with Polish southpaw Kamil Jaworek, and duly registered his third points success – a 40-36 victory being his reward at the conclusion of four one-sided rounds.
Atherton’s William Warburton, with over 150 bouts to his name, isn’t averse to springing the odd shock and is no pushover at the best of times. That first-timer Chris Ryder, recently settled in Thurso after a move from South Africa, should be willing to trade blows with him on his pro debut says much about the confidence of a boxer dubbed Welterweight Prospect of the Year while still living in Johannesburg. The 60-54 scoreline in Ryder’s favour gave him an impressive start to his paid career.
Also debuting was 28-year-old Wick fireman Liall Mackenzie, a former Scottish Novices champion who hadn’t taken up the game until he was 24. He took on veteran Belfastman James Gorman and came out on top in a six-twos courtesy of a 59-56 win. James bagged one round and shared another, which were the only highlights for the away corner all evening.
Unbeaten local Kristen Fraser had been scheduled to go in against Spain’s Mary Romero who, in her most recent bout, had outpointed Dubliner Lynn Harvey. However, the Spaniard was ruled out just a couple of days beforehand with a chest infection.
THE VERDICT Home wins are the order of the day as the curtain falls on another boxing season in the UK.