Durie’s cubs ea­ger to turn on the style

Ruther­glen box­ers have suc­cess in cap­i­tal

Rutherglen Reformer - - Drive Time - Mur­ray Spooner

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

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