Boxers make history
Durie’s lads come back with two gold medals
Durie’s Boxing Club made history last weekend when it became the first Scottish club to have two winners at the Hull Box Cup.
Shahzman Parnez and James Sweeney battled bravely to take home gold medals from the competition.
Eleven- year- old Shahzman was paired with Shay Johnson from High Fells ABC of Manchester in his semifinal at the Hull Boxing Centre where 400 competitors attended from around Europe.
He won by unanimous decision after using his lead jab to great effect and forcing an eight count on the English boy.
Shahzman then came up against Marshal Stevens of Downend Police ABC from Nottingham in the final and boxed superbly with quick one- two jabs before dropping a body shot that impressed the judges.
The St Columbkille’s Primary School pupil took gold by another unanimous decision to secure his second title of the season.
Coach Archie Durie, who was ring-side, said: “Shahz did brilliant in the semifinal and started well. He was just a bit too much for the English boy.
“He’s very tall for his age and won the final as well with his quick one-two jabs.
“He’s got a big left jab and dropped a body shot against him to win gold.”
James received a bye into his final on Sunday and was pushed to the limit by Leeds fighter Billy Hughes of Laisterdyke ABC.
The Trinity High pupil used his quick feet to avoid punches and won by split decision in front of a large crowd.
With a big support behind the English boxer, coach Archie thought they might sway the judges’ decision: “I thought the massive crowd might influence them but they gave it to James.
“Both him and Shahz are flying high and that’s James’ second title win.
“They created Scottish history with those gold medal wins.
“They’re the first boys from the same Scottish club to win at the Hull Box Cup.
“There was a good calibre of boxers down in Hull.
“There were over 400 from Ireland, Poland, Germany and England. It’s a very difficult competition and both Durie’s boys will get stronger and stronger with events like this. The two of them were superb.”
Four Scottish club’s made the trip south which, including Cambuslang’s O’Neils BC.
Chloe Borthwick was awarded a win due to her opponent pulling out of the fight, while Shaun McDonald lost on points in his bout.
Gold in Hull Shahzman Parnez in action for Durie’s BC
What a team Coaches Archie Durie and Jimmy Stewart with Shahzman Parnez and James Sweeney