Back up from a knockdown
Durie’s club hosts first show since almost going bust
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