O’Neills boys show their skills

Rutherglen Reformer - - Sport -

Two Scot­tish in­ter­na­tional box­ers went toe-to-toe in an en­thralling ex­hi­bi­tion match ear­lier this month.

O’Neills BC from Cam­bus­lang se­lected young hope­ful Ni­cholas Devlin to take on Cameron Whyte in Fort Wil­liam on Oc­to­ber 8 as part of the Lochaber Phoenix home show.

Both teenagers boxed su­perbly in the non-scor­ing bout.

Cam­bus­lang’s Fahid Mo­hammed dropped a close points de­ci­sion to An­drew Cougan from High­land Academy ABC and O’Neills boxer Paul Mur­phy beat the older and more ex­pe­ri­enced M Holmes of Port Glas­gow Vic­to­ria in a hard-fought con­test.

On Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 14, the O’Neills box­ers trav­elled to Al­loa to take part in Al­loa ABC’s home show.

First up was nine-year-old Conner MacCabe of Cam­bus­lang who boxed skil­fully in his bout with Al­loa’s Liam Mur­ray.

Ryan Barden, 17, from Ruther­glen was box­ing in an ex­hi­bi­tion match in his first taste of the sport in front of a large crowd. He was up against a more ex­pe­ri­enced op­po­nent, Al­loa’s club coach Liam Rossin, in what proved to be a great show of skill demon­strated in the non-scor­ing bout.

Last on for O’Neils was Paul Mur­phy of Ruther­glen.

Paul boxed su­perbly to win in a tough bat­tle with Al­loa’s Rob­bie Jack.

The box­ers of O’Neils now look for­ward to com­pet­ing on Satur­day in the Scot­tish Novice Championships.

The club trains on a Monday, Wed­nes­day and Thurs­day in the North­bank Com­mu­nity Cen­tre in West­burn from 6pm un­til 8pm.

Fort Wil­liam team Ni­cholas Devlin, coach Paul An­der­son, Fahid Mo­hammed and Paul Mur­phy

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