Duries lads com­pete at Novices

Rutherglen Reformer - - Motors - Mur­ray Spooner

Duries Box­ing Club had two fight­ers com­pet­ing in the Scot­tish Novice Cham­pi­onships last week­end.

Twelve-year-old Bran­don Grant, at 36kgs, and Nathan Basil, 15, at 63kgs, boxed in the semi-fi­nals at Raven­scraig Re­gional Sports Fa­cil­ity in Mother­well on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 23.

First up was Bran­don who did ex­actly what he was told in the corner. He pressed and made good two-handed straight punches time and time again to win by unan­i­mous de­ci­sion against Mathew Gem­mil from Barrhead ABC. He now faces Bradley Lowe from Irvine Vineb­urgh in what is ex­pected to be an en­ter­tain­ing fi­nal bout on Sun­day.

Nathan put his op­po­nent on the can­vas with a big right hand with four sec­onds left in the first round where he got the eight count.

In­side 20 sec­onds of the sec­ond round, Nathan walked onto a big right hand him­self which wob­bled him and he also took an eight count. But the young­ster showed great courage to come right back into it and caught his op­po­nent with a big left hook. He fol­lowed that up with his right as his op­po­site num­ber fell onto ropes but Nathan kept punch­ing.

The ref­eree jumped in and gave the Duries boy a public warn­ing. His corner told Nathan he had to start rolling and hook­ing his way for­ward in the last round, which he did, and the crowd loved it.

The judges had the fight down as a draw but when asked to pick a win­ner, they chose the Duries fighter who will now go on to box a mem­ber of Sparta ABC, Grange­mouth, in the fi­nal.

Duries BC also en­tered 18-year-old Dan Mur­phy, 60kgs, and 16-year-old Kyle Sil­lars, 57kgs, who were both given byes to the semi-fi­nals this week­end.

Scot­tish Novice fi­nal­ists Nathan Basil (left) and Bran­don Grant

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