Feast of action at Durie’s home show
Young fighters serve up a treat for packed audience
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