Back up from a knock­down

Durie’s club hosts first show since al­most go­ing bust

Rutherglen Reformer - - The Back Page - Dou­glas Dickie

A Ruther­glen box­ing club which was on the cusp of go­ing out of busi­ness over the sum­mer has hosted its first show of the new sea­son.

Durie’s Box­ing Club, which is based on the Hill­house Es­tate, held the show on Sun­day af­ter­noon at the King’s Park Ho­tel.

In July, the Re­former re­vealed Durie’s needed £2000 rent money or else they faced hav­ing to close the gym.

A kind-hearted box­ing club owner from Dumfries stepped in with the cash, and Durie’s hasn’t looked back since.

Af­ter the show, coach Archie Durie said: “It was a great night, although there were a few dodgy de­ci­sions.

“There was a good crowd and a good at­mos­phere, and the box­ers all gave ev­ery­thing they had.

“It def­i­nitely looks like we’re start­ing to go from strength to strength, ev­ery­thing is look­ing good for a change.”

There were a to­tal of 13 bouts, in­clud­ing one ex­hi­bi­tion match.

Durie’s man­aged just three wins from their 12 bouts, although five of the defeats came from split de­ci­sions and Archie said: “Only the scor­ing judges could un­der­stand why they voted for the trav­el­ling boxer.

“There were five real bad de­ci­sions which left the crowd and coaches very dis­ap­pointed

“All in all it was a great show but, if there was a dif­fer­ent judge or two, on another day there would have been more win­ners on the day. “Well done lads.” The three Durie’s win­ners were young Ruther­glen lad Shahz­man Parnez (11), who won with a unan­i­mous de­ci­sion against Broad­wood ABC’s Jason McEwan.

Mathew Traynor looked very strong win­ning his tie with another unan­i­mous de­ci­sion, also against a Broad­wood fighter, this time John Daniel Sweeney

Chris Brown won best home boxer tro­phy for his fan­tas­tic per­for­mance when he beat the cur­rent English and Bri­tish cham­pion from Black­pool’s Sharp­style ABC in a bril­liant lit­tle con­test.

The week pre­vi­ously, Durie’s had two box­ers in ac­tion at the Golden Lion ho­tel in Stir­ling on the 1314 ABC show

Burn­side boy James Sweeney (12) was in against lo­cal boy Stu­art Richard­son and James car­ried on the same form from last sea­son to make it three wins in a row for the Burn­side.

In the sec­ond bout, Ger­ard Mctag­gart (12) was in against 1314 ABC coach’s son Sean Coyle who was last year’s Scot­tish cham­pion in his di­vi­sion

Af­ter a quiet first round, Ger­ard was catch­ing the lo­cal boy with sweet com­bi­na­tion punches head and body and con­tin­ued this even more so in the third. So when it came back unan­i­mous for the home star, there were a few sur­prised faces to say the least.

See next week’s Re­former for all the pic­tures from the two shows.

Champ Archie with star turn Chris Brown

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