Burke loses out in elite fi­nal

Rutherglen Reformer - - Sports -

Durie’s ABC man Danny Burke boxed the fight of his life in the fi­nal of the Elite Males 75kg com­pe­ti­tion but lost by split de­ci­sion to By­ron Box­ing Club’s John Docherty.

Burke, from Castlemilk, gave his all in the ring to catch the tall south­paw with straight right hand shots to the head and body.

He used over- hand rights to hit his op­po­nent in a good open­ing round.

But the ex­pe­ri­enced Aberdeen lad pressed Burke to take the sec­ond by catch­ing him with his back-hand up­per­cuts.

It was all to play for in the last round and Burke fought bravely by push­ing for­ward and go­ing head to head with Docherty at times to leave the de­ci­sion down to the judges.

It could have went ei­ther way but a split de­ci­sion went to Docherty who was a gold medal win­ner in last year’s youth Com­mon­wealth games in Samoa.

Burke’s coach, Archie Durie said: “Danny can hold his head up high as he was in against a world class boy in John Docherty and never looked out of place.

“In fact, Danny made last year’s Com­mon­wealth gold medal win­ner look or­di­nary at times to earn the re­spect from John and ev­ery­body who watched this highly en­ter­tain­ing bout.

“My­self and all at Duries are so proud of Danny and he will come again from this great ex­pe­ri­ence.”

De­feat Danny Burke

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