Durie’s to hold first show of the sea­son

Club mov­ing on from money woes

Rutherglen Reformer - - BOXING - Will Hen­shaw

Only months af­ter al­most go­ing bust, a Ruther­glen Box­ing Club are get­ting set to hold their first show of the sea­son.

Durie’s Box­ing Club, who op­er­ate out of Hill­house In­dus­trial Es­tate, will hold their first box­ing show of the new sea­son on Sun­day, Septem­ber 27 at the King’s Park Ho­tel.

Club coach Archie Durie says they should have 13 box­ers ready to fight.

How­ever Archie ad­mits there were times this year when he doubted the show would even be on.

As pre­vi­ously re­ported in the Re­former Durie’s, who have over 200 mem­bers on their books, were in se­vere fi­nan­cial dif­fi­culty ear­lier this year.

Coach Archie Durie had started writ­ing to busi­nesses to try and se­cure spon­sor­ship to save the club, which teetered on the brink over just a cou­ple of thou­sand pounds.

How­ever, af­ter spot­ting the ar­ti­cle on the Re­former’s web­site Anne Armstrong, who runs Doon­hamers ABC in Dumfries, stepped up to help.

Anne and Archie are both in­ter­na­tional coaches with Box­ing Scot­land and have trav­elled with the Scot­land squad to­gether.

She of­fered Durie’s £2000 to pay their rent for the re­main­der of the year.

And the club has re­ceived other do­na­tions, sav­ing them from clo­sure and keep­ing their doors open.

Archie said: “It looked grim ear­lier on, there were times when I didn’t think we would get to this stage.

“I’m do­ing all the foot­work just now to make sure we’re ready fro the show, but don’t get me wrong, I’m glad to be do­ing it!

“It will be great to hold another show.

“We held the first club meet­ing ear­lier this month, we were able to get af­fil­i­ated with Box­ing Scot­land again, which was a big boost as it means oth­ers fight­ers can travel and take part in our shows and it means our fight­ers can take part in other tour­na­ments.

“We’ve had other gyms up to spar with the boys to keep them fresh, we’re pre­par­ing re­ally well for the show, as we al­ways do.”

Tick­ets are still avail­able for the show, priced at £15 each.

Archie added: “Even through all the hard time my fight­ers have been in the gym train­ing hard and get­ting ready for this show.

“There’s go­ing to be a lot of lo­cal peo­ple in ac­tion and it would be good if peo­ple came out and sup­ported one of their lo­cal clubs.”

The club are still look­ing for spon­sors for the bouts.

For £130 spon­sors will re­ceive a full page in the show pro­gramme as well as two VIP tick­ets and a chance to present the tro­phies in the ring.

For tick­ets or to spon­sor a bout con­tact Archie on 07590515576.

Get­ting ready Durie’s Box­ing Club

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