Durie’s cubs eager to turn on the style
Rutherglen boxers have success in capital
Two of Durie’s Boxing Club cubs gained invaluable experience when they travelled to Edinburgh for a great night of exhibition bouts.
Nine-year-old Lewis Millar was one of the first to appear in the ring at the Midlothian ABC show last month.
The Cambuslang youngster went toe-to-toe with home boxer Zack Armstrong who kept coming forward in a bid to knock the Durie’s lad off his stride.
But Lewis waited on him and brought him on to his backhandright time and time again. He looked in control and put his early learning skills to good use.
Saif Akram, 9, was in next against local boy Liam Flynn who was an aggressive southpaw.
The Midlothian boxer troubled Saif in the opening stages but once the away lad composed himself, he caught his opponent with some clean right-hand shots of his own.
Coach Archie Durie could not have been prouder of his two young stars. He said: “It was a good learning experience for them.
“There was no results or hands raised in these young cub bouts but these young lads are shaping up to be our next club champions.”
Next in the ring for the Rutherglen club was 14-year-old Kyle McGee against debutant Lochend ABC boy James Grover.
James was a little smaller than Kyle and the away boxer used his longer reach right from the first bell. He launched two-handed straight punching attacks and then caught the Edinburgh lad with some nice backhand upper cuts – forcing an eight count in the first round.
The referee had to call the bout to a halt early in the second as Kyle proved too much for James and took his first victory in three fights.
Cambuslang’s Lewis Millar also had a successful night the following evening at the Ballrup Halls in East Kilbride for the Forsyths ABC of Hamilton show.
Aiden Callaghan proved to be a difficult opponent in the nonscoring cubs’ skills bout but the Cambuslang boxer carried on from where he left off in the capital. He showed fast feet to move away from his oncoming opponent, and then fast back-hand rights which caught his challenger again and again.
It was another great performance and the confidence gained from the two bouts will stand the youngster in good stead.
Forsyth’s boxer, 12-year-old Rutherglen lad Brandon Grant was in next against Connor Carruthers from Dumfries club, Doonhamers ABC. He took the victory by unanimous decision.
Learning curve The youngsters from Durie’s Boxing Club are growing in strength