BOXING TRIO INTO FI­NALS

Durie’s young­sters do the club proud once again

Rutherglen Reformer - - The Back Page - Mur­ray Spooner

Three box­ers from Durie’s boxing club in Ruther­glen have made it through to the Scot­tish Novice Cham­pi­onship fi­nals.

James Sweeney (11), David Shevlin (16) and Cas­sidy Todd (17) won their bouts at The Raven­scraig Re­gional Sports Fa­cil­ity in Mother­well last week­end (Oc­to­ber 17 and 18).

James, from Burn­side, won on a unan­i­mous de­ci­sion to beat Aaron Cullen from Lin­wood boxing club in the 2004/2003 School­boy 34kg fight and David de­feated Brad Reid, from Larkhall, in the Youth 1998 bout.

Ruther­glen’s Cas­sidy Todd will fight Gemma McIn­tosh from Coat­bridge in her semi-fi­nal Fe­male Youth 60kg bout this week­end (Oc­to­ber 24 and 25).

James and David will also take on Nathan Stew­art and Find­lay Stew­art re­spec­tively.

Durie’s Shahz­man Parnez (11) just missed out on a place af­ter los­ing on a split de­ci­sion to Isa Akram in the 2004/2003 School­boy 40kg fight.

Coach, Archie Durie said: “We had great per­for­mances from our three box­ers with young Shahz­man be­ing very un­lucky not to make it the fourth Duries box­ers into fi­nals this week­end.

“It was a very close bout to lose on points but he will have learned from this cham­pi­onship ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Durie’s boxing club had made great prepa­ra­tion for the Cham­pi­onships af­ter win­ning both bouts at the Lochaber Pheonix boxing show in Fort Wil­liam on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 10.

Shaz­man Parnez was ap­pear­ing in the first bout of the evening and took on El­gin abc’s Corey Rizza (11).

Boxing at 40kg, Shaz­man kept the bout sim­ple, us­ing his long jab to good ef­fect, step­ping it up in the third round and he landed a few strong hits. This was enough to take the bout in a unan­i­mous de­ci­sion.

Af­ter the break, Matthew Traynor (15), was next in the ring and put in a ter­rific per­for­mance. Build­ing on a good run of re­sults, Matthew was keen to keep this go­ing and his per­for­mance didn’t dis­ap­point.

Even up against a vo­cal home sup­port, the Durie’s boy took the con­test to his op­po­nent from the first bell, hold­ing the mid­dle of the ring and putting his op­po­nent on the back foot with long jabs and back hands.

Go­ing into the third round , the con­test was in the bal­ance. With both box­ers know­ing this, it turned into a barn­stormer of a round but with Matthew won the split de­ci­sion.

Archie added: “It was a very suc­cess­ful night and for the boys to win away from home was great. It was great prepa­ra­tion for the Novice Cham­pi­onship at the week­end.”

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