Duries’ fighters strike gold at junior finals
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