His­tory made as Chloe en­ters ring

Cam­bus­lang club’s first fe­male fighter in 40 years

Rutherglen Reformer - - Sports - Mur­ray Spooner

O’Neils Box­ing Club fighter Chloe Bod­wick made his­tory this week by be­com­ing the first fe­male to ap­pear on her club’s home show in more than 40 years.

The Cam­bus­lang team en­joyed suc­cess in a ter­rific night of box­ing at Blan­tyre Min­ers Wel­fare So­cial Club on Fri­day night.

The sell-out show, or­gan­ised by O’Neils and Blan­tyre ABC, show­cased the emerg­ing tal­ent from both clubs and their guest box­ers from around the coun­try.

Chloe, 13, fresh from her Scot­land de­but and sil­ver medal in the GB Tri Na­tions cham­pi­onships the pre­vi­ous week, took on Des­tany Robert­son from North West ABC in Kil­marnock. De­spite a strong start from Des­tany, Chloe the cur­rent Scot­tish Novices and West­ern District cham­pion, soon took con­trol of the fight.

Two stand­ing counts in the sec­ond and third rounds and some pow­er­ful, ac­cu­rate box­ing from Chloe se­cured a unan­i­mous points win.

Fel­low O’Neils boxer Con­nor McCabe, 10, also en­tered the ring on the night against Blan­tyre’s Cal­lum Bell in an en­ter­tain­ing ex­hi­bi­tion.

Bren­dan Dob­bie, in only his sec­ond fight for the Cam­bus­lang club, se­cured a well de­served and hard fought win against the dif­fi­cult and taller Scott Har­ri­son from Glas­gow Phoenix ABC.

Next up for O’Neils was Ni­cholas Devlin. The for­mer West­ern District cham­pion, three times Scot­tish cham­pion and Euro­pean bronze medal­list, had a tough op­po­nent in Forge­wood’s Alexander McDon­ald, him­self a Scot­tish in­ter­na­tion­al­ist.

Both box­ers ini­tially probed for open­ings in a fairly even first round but Ni­cholas, just back af­ter a pro­longed ill­ness, soon started find­ing his range, pick­ing his shots and scor­ing well in the fi­nal two rounds to se­cure the vic­tory.

Af­ter the break, an­other ex­cel­lent bout saw Nathan Basil get the bet­ter of O’Neils Adam Pat­ton.

In the last bout of the evening, O’Neils cur­rent Scot­tish Novices 64kg cham­pion, Paul Mur­phy, was up against a strong and rangy op­po­nent in Scott Mur­ray from Gran­ite City ABC. Both box­ers went in strong from the first bell.

The Cam­bus­lang boy was strong and fast ini­tially but good jab­bing at dis­tance by the Aberdeen lad kept Paul at bay for pe­ri­ods. By the third round, with both boys tir­ing, Paul’s re­lent­less punches slowed the Gran­ite fighter down, se­cur­ing the unan­i­mous win.

Brian Mur­phy, O’Neils head coach thanked all the spon­sors and added: “I am ex­tremely proud of all of our box­ers here tonight. There wasn’t a bad per­for­mance.”

Suc­cess­ful home show O’Neils coach Brian Mur­phy, far right, and his team

Mak­ing his­tory Chloe Bod­wick with John McDer­mott MBE

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