History made as Chloe enters ring
Cambuslang club’s first female fighter in 40 years
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