Feast of ac­tion at Durie’s home show

Young fight­ers serve up a treat for packed au­di­ence

Rutherglen Reformer - - Sports - Hay­ley My­att

Durie’s Boxing Club pre­sented lo­cals with a top- class home show fea­tur­ing a fine per­for­mance from each of their box­ers.

The club, sit­u­ated in Hi ll h o u s e In­dus­trial Es­tate, held the event at the Cam­bus­lang In­sti­tute in front of a packed crowd for a night of boxing, raf­fle draws and food.

The show was put on by head coach Archie Durie and in­cluded seven box­ers, plus three cub mem­bers, mak­ing it an ex­cit­ing evening for all who at­tended.

Three cubs, Ben Hamil­ton, Lewis Mil­lar and Saif Akram – de­scribed as the ris­ing stars of the am­a­teur scene – came out like pros as they fought mem­bers from the Blan­tyre ABC and Jon­sey’s ABC clubs on Satur­day, April 15.

Eight-year-old Ben was the youngest boxer of the night but his bout with Ja­cob Nai­smith, from Blan­tyre ABC, showed ev­ery­one what boxing is about. Even though they were ner­vous, they were ea­ger to per­form for the judges.

The other two cub bouts were as in­spi­ra­tional as the first. Lewis was up next against an­other Blan­tyre ABC boxer, Cal­lum Bell.

Fin­ish­ing off the cubs bouts was Saif and Marky Alexan­der, from Jonesy’s ABC, and both box­ers were im­pres­sive in show­ing their skills.

Af­ter the skills bouts, the next run of bouts was based on weight where a win­ner was cho­sen by the judges.

First in for Durie’s was Has­san Saleem, mak­ing his de­but against Ewan Cald­well, from Glas­gow City ABC, which re­sulted in a close bout be­tween two evenly matched box­ers with sim­i­lar stand-up straight punch­ing styles. The de­ci­sion how­ever, went the way of the away boxer.

Next in was the win­ner of the best home boxer of the show, Brandon Grant. The 13-yearold boxed Forge­wood club’s own An­drew Sned­don.

“Brandon boxed lovely,” said Archie. “He waited to catch his op­po­nent time and time again with crisp back hands.” He took the win with a spilt de­ci­sion.

Liam McFar­lane and Shahz­man Parnez were the next two fight­ers in the ring, and Shahz­man showed fast feet and hands for the Durie’s club. The cur­rent Western Dis­trict and Scot­tish cham­pion was up against Forge­wood’s Scot­tish cham­pion in the age cat­e­gory above. The one-two straight punch com­bi­na­tion brought this win to the home team.

Af­ter the in­ter­val, Vicky Glover was next in for Durie’s. Fresh back from her trip to Eng­land af­ter win­ning the Bri­tish ti­tle, she put on an ex­hi­bi­tion with fel­low Scot­tish cham­pion Bil­lie Den­holm.

Six­teen-year-old Joe Lee was then up against Shaun Muir, from Blan­tyre ABC. With Joe mak­ing his de­but, he started hard and fast, forc­ing an eight count on his op­po­nent in rounds one and two and this forced the ref­eree to stop the bout in favour of the Durie’s boxer.

Durie’s own 19- year- old, Dan Mur­phy, boxed on the front foot and met his op­po­nent, Na­then Rod­den (Den­nis­ton ABC), with crisp back hands and hooks to win his bout by a points de­ci­sion.

Top of the bill on the night was Durie’s man Danny Burke, boxing 3x3- minute rounds against Ryan Fairhurst, the Brave­hearts Club boxer. Danny boxed re­ally well, catch­ing the away fighter time and time again with back­hand up­per­cuts and his jolt­ing left-hand jabs to win by a unan­i­mous vote.

Three bouts were can­celled due to in­jury and age dif­fer­ences, forc­ing Kyle McGee, Nathan Basil and Kyle Sil­lars to miss out.

He waited to catch his op­po­nent time and again

Cubs Ben Hamil­ton, Lewis Mil­lar and Saif Akram Wealth of tal­ent Archie Durie (left) is joined by his club box­ers back stage

Youngest boxer Archie Durie with Ben Hamil­ton

Win­ner Hasan Saleem with coach Archie

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