Chirnside boxers win schoolboy titles

Jack Grant retained his 2002 born Eastern district 34kg title
Jack Grant retained his 2002 born Eastern district 34kg title

Chirnside Amateur Boxing Club has got 2015 off to a winning start after claiming two gold medals at the East District championships.

Eyemouth youngster Jack Grant retained his 2002 born Eastern district 34kg title at the Danderhall Community Centre on Saturday, when he defeated James McDonald of Denbeath ABC in the final, in a rerun of the 2014 schoolboy final bout.

Then, on Sunday, 10-year-old Geordie White got his competitive career off to a dream start, when he became the 2004 born 30kg Eastern District schoolboy champion in what was his debut in the ring.

Following in older brother Robbie’s footsteps, young Geordie asserted himself in the ring, defeating Liam Gracie of Craigmillar ABC.

“It was Geordie’s first ever contest, and he did really well,” said club coach Michael Black. “He was first up on the Sunday. Obviously he was delighted to win a gold medal for his efforts.

“Geordie said the nerves kicked in when he was getting gloved up but he boxed really well.”

Geordie’s brother Robbie lost to John Casey of Jonesy’s ABC in the final of the 2000 born Junior 44kg, despite a spirited display, and Chirnside club mate Marcus Owtram got stopped in the second round of the youth championship final (1997 born 75kg) by Ryan Rowan of the Kingdom club.

“At these championships there’s lots of different levels of experience,” Black said. “The lad was a really good boxer but Marcus did well to stick in the first round.

“Hardlines to both Robbie and Marcus, but they’ll be back.

“We did have 11 entries for the championships, but unfortunately seven Chirnside boxers weren’t matched,” he added.

The club now turns its attention to the Scottish Intermediate Championships on January 31-February 1 at Ravenscraig.