Boxers finish up for the season
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.
Lochaber Phoenix boxer Dawid Jarzab.