Box­ers fin­ish up for the sea­son

The Oban Times - - Sport -

LOCHABER Phoenix Boxing Club made their fi­nal jour­ney of the cur­rent boxing sea­son last Fri­day night when they trav­elled to Kinghorn in Fife to at­tend a show hosted by King­dom Boxing Club.

Se­nior wel­ter­weights Dawid Jarzab and Gra­ham Al­li­son were both in ac­tion against more ex­pe­ri­enced op­po­nents and both gave very good ac­counts of them­selves in their re­spec­tive bouts.

Jarzab is tech­ni­cally still a novice boxer but has been cre­at­ing a bit of a stir as he has ac­counted for ev­ery op­po­nent he has faced so far in his boxing ca­reer which has made find­ing him suit­able matches very dif­fi­cult.

His op­po­nent last Fri­day was Con­nor McCurdy from Glas­gow City Boxing Club, who had taken part in four times as many bouts as Dawid. The rea­son­ing for ac­cept­ing this bout was to give Dawid ex­pe­ri­ence against a boxer who has much more ring time than any­one he has faced pre­vi­ously which would stand him in good stead when he com­petes at the Scot­tish Novice Cham­pi­onships in Oc­to­ber.

Jarzab worked be­hind the jab in the opener, prob­ing for open­ings, while McCurdy showed good head move­ment while look­ing for coun­ters. Jarzab clev­erly switched the ma­jor­ity of his at­tack to the body mid­way through the round to try to slow the fleet-footed Glaswe­gian’s lat­eral move­ment.

Both box­ers showed pow­er­ful jabs in the sec­ond but the Lochaber camp were par­ticu- larly happy with the improved de­fence shown by Dawid from his pre­vi­ous bouts. This was a fea­ture of Dawid’s boxing that he has been work­ing hard on in the gym and it was pleas­ing to see this im­prove­ment in com­pe­ti­tion.

The first two rounds had shown qual­ity work from both box­ers and con­se­quently the score­cards were tight and ev­ery­thing rested on round three.

Dawid came out and im­me­di­ately took ring cen­tre and con­tin­ued to tar­get the body. This body work was tak­ing its toll on McCurdy, whose foot­work had no­tice­ably slowed. Jarzab now switched tar­gets and at last found a home for his straight back­hand, knock­ing Con­nor’s head back. Now he had the range for his back­hand he kept throw­ing it and it kept land­ing.

Even­tu­ally McCurdy was pinned to the ropes and the ref­eree had no op­tion but to is­sue a stand­ing eight count. On re­sump­tion, Dawid would not be de­nied and he again forced McCurdy to the ropes where he un­leashed big com­bi­na­tions to force the ref­eree’s in­ter­ven­tion. A fine win for the hard-work­ing Jarzab.

Gra­ham Al­li­son en­tered a boxing ring for the sec­ond time af­ter his de­but win in Fort William last month, when he faced an­other Glas­gow City boxer in the more ex­pe­ri­enced Dar­ren Walker. Gra­ham han­dled the pres­sure of boxing away from home very well in­deed, forc­ing the ac­tion and show­ing a real de­sire for vic­tory. As can of­ten be the case for a boxer fairly new to the sport, Gra­ham’s ex­u­ber­ance on oc­ca­sion got the bet­ter of him as he would find him­self off bal­ance af­ter launch­ing an at­tack, al­low­ing an open­ing for his op­po­nent to steal points.

All three rounds fol­lowed a sim­i­lar pat­tern as Al­li­son would at­tempt to cut off the ring and pin his Glaswe­gian ri­val to the ropes. Although Gra­ham found plenty of suc­cess his pre­vi­ously men­tioned de­sire some­times left him open for coun­ters. How­ever, he al­ways re­grouped with­out shipping too much pun­ish­ment and re­sumed his pur­suit.

Gra­ham lost a points de­ci­sion but showed many pos­i­tive elements to his boxing, in­clud­ing ex­cep­tional foot and hand speed, a very strong will to win and for the most part good bal­ance. Gra­ham shows plenty of prom­ise for the fu­ture and is def­i­nitely one to watch next sea­son.

Pic­ture: Iain Fer­gu­son The Write Im­age.

Lochaber Phoenix boxer Dawid Jarzab.

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