Duries fight to the end in season finale
Duries Boxing Club in Rutherglen held their end-of-season show at the King’s Park Hotel last Friday night.
It proved to be a massive success with nine bouts featuring local fighters and an exhibition match between a Duries star for the future.
There was even a professional bout, with Michael Dobiezynki defeating Aboul Hassan.
At the end of the night, Duries dished out their end-of-season awards.
Winning the Archie and Emily Durie belts was Danny Burke who also won fight of the year for his performance against John Docherty in the Elite Finals.
The best junior was shared this year by Shahzman Parnez and James Sweeney who could not be split by the coaches.
Coach Archie Durie, who thanked his club’s sponsors, said:“It was a great night and we ended up with a full house.
“It’s been a good season with us picking up plenty of Scottish and district championships.”
Duries Boxing Club held their last show of the season last Friday night, June 10, at the King’s Park Hotel.
A cubs skills bout between Dominic Coll, eight, from Cambuslang and Sonny Dawson, nine, started proceedings. This was going well until Dominic hurt his hand and had to pull out.
Making his debut at 65kg was 13-year-old Castlemilk lad old Kyle McGee 65kgs. He was up against Wellmeadow ABC fighter Sean Henvey. Kyle started well but suffered a big overhand right in the second round and went down for an eight count. The ref eventually had to stop the bout in favour of the Perth boxer.
Another Wellmeadow boxer was the opponent for Kyle Sillars, 15, from Castlemilk, who went in against Ronan Lamb at 58kg.
Kyle came out with two hands blazing and forced a standing eight count. Despite that the home boxer only took the fight on a split decision.
Shahzman Parnez, 11, was up against Blake Homes from Edinburgh at 44kg. He had his opponent on the canvas for an eight-count early on and continued in that vain to win by unanimous decision. The display also netted Shahzman the prize for best home boxer on the night.
Next up was 12-year-old Burnside fighter James Sweeney, who was fighting old rival David Quinn of North Glasgow ABC at 34kg. The pair had each won two of their previous four bouts, but it was James who took the edge in their fifth. He showed fast feet and hands in the final round to take an unanimous decision.
Cambuslang fighter Dan Murphy, 18, made his debut against Doonhamers ABC’s Reece Lewis. Right from the off the away fighter looked impressive and forced two standing eight counts before Archie Durie was forced to throw in the towel to spare his fighter more punishment.
Also making his Duries debut was Grant Malcolmson at 75kg. Again, his more experienced opponent, Jamie Dewar from Perth Railway ABC, was more composed and took the result.
Senior Martin Anderson was next in the ring for Duries for a fight at 71kg against Scott Lees from Barn.
It was a cagey encounter until the third round when Lees caught his opponent with a huge back hand. Martin went down for an eight count and another almost immediately after. Eventually Archie Durie had to throw in the towel for the second time on the night.
Jonlee Joyce, 17, made his comeback after 15 months out at 81kg against southpaw North Glasgow’s Anthony McGuire. With two UK and four Scottish titles to his name, Jonlee used his experience in a ding-dong affair to take it with a split decision.
Top of the bill was Rutherglen man Gary Glover, fighting at 64kg against international boxer Charlie Doig, of St Francis in Dundee.
Gary had been out for 18 months and it showed with his timing out early on. Doig let Gary come at him, catching him with straight lefts, but Gary finished strongly only for the decision to go against him.
Gary finished strongly only for the decision to go against him
On guard Shahzman Parnez was named home fighter of the night after his victory over Blake Homes from Edinburgh
Victory James Sweeney yells with delight after getting the better of rival David Quinn
Dodge City Kyle McGee dodges a punch during his bout with Sean Henvey
Exhibition Dominic Coll, in the red, from Duries took part in a cubs’ bout
Brothers in arms Kyle Sillars, right, after his victory over Ronan Lamb
Packing a punch James Sweeney in action on his way to victory