Durie’s hails its prize guys

Cer­e­mony for club’s top fight­ers

Rutherglen Reformer - - Drivetime Extra - John Gorrod

Durie’s Box­ing Club has held its end-of-sea­son prize­giv­ing cer­e­mony.

The event, which was hosted at the Kings Park Ho­tel on Fri­day June 26, cel­e­brated a highly suc­cess­ful year for the box­ers – de­spite the deep fi­nan­cial trou­ble fac­ing the club.

Last week, the Re­former re­ported that the Hill­house In­dus­trial Es­tate­based Durie’s was on the brink of clo­sure.

And the cov­er­age prompted kind­hearted Anne Armstrong, who runs Doon­hamers ABC in Dumfries, to step in and do­nate £2000 to cover the rent for the rest of the year.

But it was all put to one side as the Ruther­glen club, which has over 200 mem­bers, en­joyed a night of pos­i­tiv­ity and cel­e­bra­tion.

The Archie and Emily Durie yearly achieve­ment belt was, for the first time, shared by two fight­ers.

Last year’s win­ner Danny Burke, from Castlemilk, and So­haib Mo­hammed, of Darn­ley, took the award and will keep it for al­ter­nat­ing three-month pe­ri­ods.

Coach Archie Durie said: “It is my late dad’s belt and it is awarded for at­ti­tude and train­ing. The boys got six votes apiece; they are both crack­ing role mod­els for the younger kids. They are de­lighted with it.”

Thir­teen- year- old Chris Brown claimed the ju­nior belt by a mar­gin of eight votes, fol­low­ing an im­pres­sive sea­son in which he claimed the Scot­tish Open and In­ter­me­di­ate ti­tles in the 40kg cat­e­gory. Archie said: “He’s a class act. He’s just a nat­u­ral, his bal­ance, his tech­nique – ev­ery­thing.”

Castlemilk’s Jason Thom­son walked away with the ‘best fight of the year’ shield af­ter his win­ning­per­for­mances for the se­nior Scot­tish In­ter­me­di­ate ti­tle last year.

Archie said: “He fought twice in one day and three times over the week­end to win the Scot­tish In­ter­me­di­ate and that’s why he won the award. He did the same thing when he won the Scot­tish Novice Cham­pi­onship.”

For all of the club’s suc­cess, Archie was keen to stress that it is in des­per­ate need of out­side help. He said: “We are not out of the woods, we need spon­sor­ship and fi­nan­cial sup­port.”

And one of the ways that the club hopes to achieve that is by invit­ing the public to be­come more in­volved. He said: “On Satur­day July 25, we are hav­ing a spar­ring day. We are invit­ing sev­eral other clubs to take part and we will have tro­phies to give out. We plan to have 17 or 18 con­tests on the day.

“It is just to let the public see the tal­ent on dis­play, the doors are open and peo­ple can make do­na­tions if they want.”

Durie’s Box­ing Club has started a new face­book page called Duries BC, which sev­eral vol­un­teers will op­er­ate on a daily ba­sis. Archie said: “We are up­dat­ing it ev­ery day. It is a good way for the public to see what is go­ing on.”

Well done Jason Thom­son (cen­tre) re­ceives his award from Archie and Emily Durie

Award Chris Brown gets his award from Emily Durie

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