Pauls have a ball at Durie’s

Rutherglen Reformer - - Sports -

Two box­ers named Paul Mur­phy were suc­cess­ful at Durie’s ABC home show last month.

Both mem­bers of O’Neils Box­ing Club in Cam­bus­lang are aged 19 and 21 and won their 64kg bouts at the Kings Park Ho­tel on March 27.

First up was Mur­phy, 19, who was a for­mer two-time Scot­tish gym­nast cham­pion and he had only took up box­ing five months pre­vi­ous to his fight. In his sec­ond ever con­test, he faced Sean Gafney of Hamil­ton ABC.

Gafney started fast, catch­ing Mur­phy with some nice up­per­cuts and un­set­tled the Cam­bus­lang boxer un­til a left hook of his own dropped Gafney for an eight count.

The fight con­tin­ued and a sec­ond left hook from young Mur­phy dropped Gafney once again and the ref­eree called a halt to the con­test in the first.

Next up for the O’Neils club was Mur­phy, 21. The two-time Scot­tish Novice cham­pion was fight­ing in his ninth con­test and faced Steven McKin­ney of Garnoch Val­ley ABC.

Paul started well and the Cam­bus­lang man, also a south­paw, gave a master­class dis­play of box­ing by catch­ing his more ex­pe­ri­enced op­po­nent with lefts and rights at will.

Mur­phy picked up the pace in the third and last round, over­pow­er­ing his op­po­nent and the ref­eree was forced to give a stand­ing count to McKin­ney.

The bell ended the con­test with Mur­phy win­ning by unan­i­mous de­ci­sion.

Dou­ble trou­ble Both Paul Mur­phys at the Durie’s box­ing show

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