Box­ers make his­tory

Durie’s lads come back with two gold medals

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Mur­ray Spooner

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

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