Duries’ fight­ers strike gold at ju­nior fi­nals

Rutherglen Reformer - - Motors - Mur­ray Spooner

Duries ABC of Ruther­glen had four box­ers in ac­tion at the School and Ju­nior Scot­tish Open Cham­pi­onships last week­end, March 12 and 13.

First in the ring for Duries at Raven­scraig’s Re­gional Sports Fa­cil­ity was 15-year-old Shane Young (52kgs) who beat Ross Gal­loway by unan­i­mous de­ci­sion. He forced two sep­a­rate eight counts on the Forge­wood ABC boxer and won the bout clearly.

In his semi-fi­nal on Sun­day, Young was up against Dar­ren Wil­liamson of View­park ABC. The Ruther­glen boy picked up a pub­lic warn­ing for wrestling his op­po­nent to the can­vas. This proved to be costly when, in the third round, the ref­eree called Young for an­other foul and de­cided to dis­qual­ify him.

Ruther­glen lad Shahz­man Parnez, 11, (42kgs) proved far too strong when forc­ing a stand­ing eight count from a big left hook in­side the first 10 sec­onds which meant the ref had to stop the con­test.

In Sun­day’s fi­nal Parnez was in against Blake Holmes of Mid­loth­ian ABC and it proved to be a great lit­tle con­test. It was all even go­ing into the last round and the Duries boxer showed great re­silience by dig­ging deep and win­ning gold by split de­ci­sion.

Burn­side’s James Sweeney, 12, (34kgs) was in against Dum­fries lad Scott Ged­des of Brave­hearts ABC. The Durie’s boxer never lost a round and won the semi­fi­nal tie by unan­i­mous de­ci­sion.

Sweeney went in against last year’s win­ner of this Scot­tish ti­tle, David Quinn of North Glas­gow ABC and boxed su­perbly.

Quinn had beaten Sweeney twice be­fore but the Burn­side lad was de­lighted to win an­other gold medal to add to his col­lec­tion.

Ger­ard McTag­gart, 12, (37kgs) fought Colin Cairny of 1314 ABC Ban­nock­burn and boxed with an old head on young shoul­ders to use his ex­pe­ri­ence and win in his 28th con­test by split de­ci­sion to go into the fi­nal.

McTag­gart was put against Lex Roger­son of The Bronx ABC, Ed­in­burgh in the fi­nal and again the Ruther­glen boxer showed his ex­pe­ri­ence in this bout by not let­ting his op­po­nent get into any type of rhythm to win the fight by unan­i­mous de­ci­sion.

Coach Archie Durie, said: “We had four lads box­ing and they all won on the Satur­day then on the Sun­day the three school­boy box­ers all won gold and Shane was un­for­tu­nate to be dis­qual­i­fied.

“So out of eight bouts we man­aged seven wins with three gold medals.

“Vicky Glover also won gold in the same youth tour­na­ment and Danny Burke is into the Men’s Elite Open Fi­nal on April 2. Our club is fly­ing high and get­ting well no­ticed.”

Durie’s young stars James Sweeney, Ger­ard McTag­gart, Shahz­man Parnez, Shane Young

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