Dan is box­ing clever

Danny Burke is gear­ing up for Box­ing Elite fi­nal

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Mur­ray Spooner

Castlemilk man Danny Burke vows to give his all when he steps into the ring in the Box­ing Scot­land Elite Fi­nal this week­end.

The 23- year- old fighter will take on last year’s youth Com­mon­wealth gold medal win­ner, John Docherty, for the crown on Satur­day evening at Raven­scraig Sports Fa­cil­ity, Motherwell.

Docherty is a boxer from By­ron ABC in Aberdeen, and took gold in last year’s games in Samoa.

In what is ex­pected to be a close and en­ter­tain­ing 75kg bout, Burke – of Durie’s ABC in Ruther­glen – says he is more than ready to match his op­po­nent.

Speak­ing to the Re­former this week, Burke said: “I’m ready to go and re­ally look­ing for­ward to it.

“It’s just all the wait­ing around that’s the prob­lem. I’ve met John be­fore and he’s just came up from the youth ranks so we’ll see how he gets on against some­one older.

“He’s pretty much the golden boy of am­a­teur box­ing so it’ll be a good fight.

“I’ve got bags of con­fi­dence. I feel I did well in the pre­vi­ous rounds. In the first I won it pretty com­fort­ably but in the sec­ond I couldn’t pre­pare right when I fell ill a few weeks be­fore it. I think I only started train­ing again on the Wed­nes­day be­fore the fight. It all went well on the day though and now I’m in the fi­nal.

“Archie, my coach, has been giv­ing me tips and I’ve been spar­ring with the other guys at Durie’s. We’re all buzzing be­cause this is the first time some­one from the club has been in the elite fi­nal.”

In the last round, Burke de­feated a well schooled boxer in Owen Spence from Ed­in­burgh’s Mead­ow­bank ABC.

It proved to be a good, even con­test with the Durie’s man work­ing well be­hind his left hand lead jab fol­lowed by thun­der­ing over­hand rights to win the semi-fi­nal by a split de­ci­sion.

As it is the first time a Durie’s boxer has reached the last round of the elite men’s com­pe­ti­tion, the bout has cap­tured the imag­i­na­tion of mem­bers.

The boxer added: “There should be a big crowd there. I train nearly ev­ery day in­clud­ing Satur­days and Sun­days. I’ll just keep train­ing as I al­ways do and I’ll have time re­lax as well be­fore Satur­day.”

His coach Archie Durie is con­fi­dent that his boxer can bring home the gold.

He said: “This is the first time ever that Duries ABC have had a se­nior in the men’s Elite Cham­pi­onship fi­nal and Danny Burke is the man to bring the ti­tle to Ruther­glen.”

The fight is sev­enth out of a list of 12 bouts at Raven­scraig and spec­ta­tors will be al­lowed into the venue at 7pm. Tick­ets cost £20.

Fi­nal awaits

Burke is all set for Elites

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