Lochaber Phoenix box­ers end the sea­son in style

The Oban Times - - SPORT -

LOCHABER Phoenix Box­ing Club held their fi­nal home show of the sea­son last Satur­day in a sold- out Ne­vis Cen­tre.

Al­most 400 peo­ple packed into the hall in An Aird to watch 12 bouts fea­tur­ing 24 box­ers from all over Scot­land, in­clud­ing eight from the host club.

Se­nior mid­dleweight Dawid Jarzab topped the bill against Jamie Walker from the Ja­co­bite club in Nairn and this bout proved wor­thy of its bill-top­ping sta­tus as the two box­ers went to war in a bout which fea­tured mul­ti­ple meaty ex­changes where de­fence wasn’t high on the agenda and the only sur­prise was the only knock­down which came in the fi­nal punch of the bout when Walker hit the deck from a Jarzab right hand on the bell.

Main rea­son

The more ac­cu­rate left hand jab of Dawid was prob­a­bly the main rea­son the de­ci­sion went the way of the Fort Wil­liam boxer, who was mak­ing a wel­come re­turn to the ring af­ter an amaz­ing six-year ab­sence and also clinched him the boxer of the night tro­phy.

The Lochaber club had three se­nior box­ers mak­ing their de­but on the show, the first of which was mid­dleweight Gra­ham Al- li­son, who faced an­other boxer in Ja­co­bite’s Duncan Cameron.

Al­li­son showed great speed and qual­ity foot­work for some­one en­gag­ing in their first bout and seemed to grow into the con­test as his con­fi­dence im­proved with ev­ery round. Fit­tingly, the fi­nal bell sounded with Cameron pinned on the ropes un­der a bar­rage of punches from the Lochaber boxer which helped seal the points vic­tory for Al­li­son.

Light-heavy­weight John MacKen­zie faced Mark McKen­drick of Cam­bus­nethen, a fel­low debu­tant, in an­other crowd-pleas­ing bat­tle.

MacKen­zie moved well in the open­ing round, keep­ing McKen­drick at long range and win­ning the round. McKen­drick, how­ever, closed the gap in the sec­ond round which led to a fiercely con­tested fi­nal round which MacKen­zie took due to some strong two-fisted at­tacks. A well de­served points win for John.

Wel­ter­weight Alas­dair Greens faced an­other Ja­co­bite boxer in Tam Cor­ley. Both box­ers tried to con­trol the cen­tre of the ring in the first round with nei­ther re­ally stamp­ing their au­thor­ity. Through the course of the con­test each of the com­bat­ants took turns to launch two-handed as­saults with vary­ing de­grees of suc­cess. This was a re­ally evenly matched bout with Greens edg­ing the points on the score­cards and tak­ing home a de­but win.

En­ter­tain­ing

Wel­ter­weight Lee Bruce faced mid­dleweight Ke­iron Burke of Forge­wood Box­ing Club in a thor­oughly en­ter­tain­ing ex­hi­bi­tion in which Lee showed some won­der­ful skills con­sid­er­ing he was only en­ter­tain­ing a box­ing crowd for the 10th time, su­perbly negat­ing the larger Burke’s ad­van­tages in size and strength and de­light­ing the purists.

Fif­teen-year- old multi-tal­ented Cameron Whyte clinched the young boxer of the night tro­phy with a typ­i­cally vir­tu­oso per­for­mance against the teak tough Robert He­witt of Glas­gow’s South­side Box­ing Club.

Whyte never re­ally moved out of first gear as he stalked the Glaswe­gian, show­ing ex­cel­lent head move­ment and a great aware­ness of dis­tance.

Pro­duc­ing a huge va­ri­ety of punches and con­stantly vary­ing the ar­eas of at­tack, Whyte looked ev­ery inch the ex­pe­ri­enced in­ter­na­tional boxer he is as he soundly out­pointed his op­po­nent, gain­ing the young boxer of the night award and also pick­ing up the club’s boxer of the sea­son award.

Ap­pre­ci­a­tion

Twelve-year- old Max Der­ben­ovs showed enor­mous im­prove­ment in his bat­tle against Forge­wood’s An­drew Sned­don.

Although nar­rowly los­ing out on the score­cards, Der­ben­ovs not only brought his cus­tom­ary all-ac­tion style to the bout but also a newly found ap­pre­ci­a­tion of de­fence as he in turn blocked, used head move­ment and good foot­work to avoid a large num­ber of the shots com­ing his way.

It looks like there could be a lot of suc­cess com­ing his way in the fu­ture.

Ten-year- old Josh Dieguno showed why he was voted the club’s most im­proved boxer this sea­son as he edged his scored skills bout against HBA’s Ruari Urquhart. Dieguno showed good adapt­abil­ity in chang­ing tac­tics dur­ing the con­test from box­ing on the back foot invit­ing Urquhart to at­tack and also press­ing the ac­tion to force his In­ver­nes­sian op­po­nent back­wards. A great learn­ing con­test for Josh who was surely got a big fu­ture in store.

Photo: Abright­side Pho­tog­ra­phy.

Lochaber Phoenix box­ers (back row, left to right) John MacKen­zie, Lee Bruce, Gra­ham Al­li­son and Dawid Jarzab; front row, left - right Max Der­ben­ovs, Cameron Whyte amd Josh Dieguno.

Gra­ham Al­li­son de­feated Duncan Cameron on points.

Ac­tion pho­tos: Iain Fer­gu­son, The Write Im­age

Dawid Jarzab re­turned to the ring af­ter an ab­sence of six years. He de­feated Jamie Walker and also won the boxer of the night tro­phy.

Ten-year- old Josh Dieguno af­ter win­ning his bout against Ruari Urquhart.

Alas­dair Greens edged past Thomas Cor­ley tak­ing home a de­but win.

Lee Bruce took on Ke­iron Burke.

John MacKen­zie out­pointed Mark McKen­drick in an en­ter­tain­ing bout.

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