Local boxers give good account at Haddington show

A THIRTY-STRONG Berwick and Berwickshire contingent travelled to Haddington on Sunday, supporting Chirnside Amateur Boxing Club members who were on the bill at the East Lothian ABC boxing show.

East Lothian amateur boxing club boss Hamish Colgan and his team staged their popular annual winter show in Haddington’s Corn Exchange.

With Chirnside Club coaches Michael Blaikie and Martin Wood in their corner, three local boxers represented the club in the ring in front of more than 550 spectators.

There was disappointment for Chirnside’s recently crowned novice champion, 13-year-old Ben Grant from Eyemouth, when his light-flyweight opponent didn’t make the weight.

Though matched up with Grant, Craigmillar’s Martin Lawrence tipped the scales 3kg too heavy - with only a 2kg discrepancy allowed, the pair fought an exhibition bout instead.

Chirnside Club coach Michael Black said: “From what I saw it was a good exhibition. Hopefully down the line they may meet so it will serve as good experience for Ben.”

Next up for Chirnside was light-flyweight Berwick boxer Lewis Noon, who faced Matt Cunningham of the host Club.

Making his return after an unlucky points defeat in the Novice Championships, Noon came out of his corner all guns blazing and stopped Cunningham in the first round due to a nose bleed.

“It was good for Lewis to get back in the ring again,” Black said. “We had thought he was a dead cert for novice champion a few weeks ago, but he was unlucky in one of his early rounds.

“Matty, who he boxed on Sunday, was a novice champion and Lewis won with a first round stoppage due to a nose bleed - Lewis just being a little bit of a stronger puncher and caught him.

“The doctor said not to carry on. It was a shame because it looked to be shaping up to be a good fight, but obviously boxers’ safety comes first.”

Last up for Chirnside was welterweight adult boxer Stevie Williams who boxed a very strong opponent in Ian Trotter from East Lothian ABC. After a great bout Stevie lost on points.

Black admitted: “Stevie was on the back foot too much but give him credit he did come forward and put Iain under pressure at times as well.

“Stevie is one of those guys who just likes being there - as long as he puts on a good performance he’s happy. Win or lose Stevie loves being in good bouts and this one was unlucky not to win best bout of the day.

“He has a sore jaw from this fight, but if that’s ok he’ll be fighting on the Hill Park ABC bill a week on Friday.

“We want to thank the spectators who came over to support the Chirnside boxers,” Black added.

Among those were members of the Chirnside Tartan Army, who are collaborating with the boxing club to try and help try and bring a boxing show to Berwickshire next year.

“We’re hoping to try and put a marquee show on in Chirnside,” Black explained.

“Chirnside Boxing Club wants to stage its own show, like the old club used to. We had thought about doing it over the border in Berwick but that’s no longer an option for insurance reasons.

“We thought a marquee show would be a good way to have a show in the village and the Tartan Army are helping us organise.

“It is ambitious, but we’re trying our best to pull it off, probably in April or May.”

Another two Chirnside ABC members registered this week taking the club’s number of registered boxers to 12 - six adults and six juniors.