Teen wins ti­tle after swap­ping kick­box­ing for box­ing

BRAN­DON IS RING READY

Hamilton Advertiser - - SPORT - Andy Mcgilvray

Hamil­ton’s Bran­don Mur­ray al­ready has an ar­ray of kick­box­ing tro­phies to his name – now he is adding even more sil­ver­ware after mov­ing into box­ing.

The 13-year-old ex­pected to make his de­but dur­ing a show run by Springhill Box­ing Club in Shotts later this month, but he was in­vited to at­tend a show in Greenock – and promptly beat Scot­tish Novice cham­pion Romell Marks.

Mum Vicky ad­mits she was a lit­tle wor­ried about Bran­don’s first foray into a dif­fer­ent dis­ci­pline, but says the con­fi­dent young­ster wasn’t at all fazed.

The Hamil­ton Gram­mar pupil won the 50kg 12-13 years cat­e­gory in Greenock, and hopes to fol­low that up when he takes part at Springhill’s home show on De­cem­ber 14.

Vicky said: “Bran­don won his first tro­phy at Greenock, which was their home show, in the 50kg 12-13 years cat­e­gory.

“We weren’t plan­ning that. His first fight was to be in De­cem­ber, that was go­ing to be him get­ting into the box­ing world, but we were asked to go along.

“Bran­don had been train­ing but it was scary, to be hon­est, be­cause we’re so used to kick­box­ing and the cir­cuit, but we don’t know any­body at all in box­ing.

“We didn’t know how good the op­po­nent was and we had heard he had won 15 or 16 fights, so he was quite ex­pe­ri­enced.

“Bran­don took it all on the chin, he wasn’t fazed by it at all, and he won by unan­i­mous de­ci­sion by five judges.

“We’re used to three in kick­box­ing, so to get five was bril­liant. Bran­don was buzzing after that.”

Marks (11) is a com­pe­tent fighter, but Vicky says Bran­don had him an­a­lysed within min­utes and ex­plained: “Romell is a good wee fighter, we were told he had won his last nine fights.

“Bran­don had to com­pletely change his style. He had three one-minute rounds, when he’s used to three twominute rounds in kick­box­ing.

“He’s also used to be­ing a coun­ter­fighter and checks out his op­po­nent’s style be­fore adapt­ing to it and us­ing it against them, but he just had to go full steam ahead – it was amaz­ing to watch.

“It was pretty in­tense, given that it was his first fight, but he was just like ‘let’s go’ and was ex­cited.”

Bran­don is en­joy­ing the tran­si­tion from kick­box­ing to box­ing, but his prow­ess in his for­mer sport means he has to go up a grade, de­spite be­ing only 13.

Vicky ex­plained: “Bran­don will fight on De­cem­ber 14 at Springhill ABC in Shotts, at their home show.

“After Christ­mas he goes straight into in­ter­me­di­ate level, rather than novice, be­cause of his kick­box­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

“I’m quite happy about that, to be hon­est, and he will be in the Western Dis­trict Cham­pi­onships, where it will all re­ally start for Bran­don if he does well.”

Cham­pion Boxer Bran­don Mur­ray

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