Chirnside Amateur Boxing Club are anticipating another eventful year after 2013 saw them host their first shows for 20 years while picking up a handful of awards in the process.
Around 350 people packed into a sell-out Volunteer Hall in Duns for the comeback show in April and again in November as Chirnside’s boxers recorded 12 wins across the two shows, highlighting how far the club has come in such a short period of time.
There were also awards as Martin Wood claimed Coach of the Year at the Berwickshire Sports Council Awards in October, while the club also received special recognition on the same night and has since been nominated for a Borders-wide award at an event at the Macdonald Cardrona Hotel in Peebles in February.
After reforming in 2008 with the help of current chairman Michael Black, the club has grown by the year with 15 registered boxers available for bouts heading into 2014 after a hectic end to the year.
Black, 36, said: “We’ve been to lots of club shows since the season started in September so the boxers were busy right up until Christmas and we’re hoping to continue that and get regular contests for the remaining part of the season.
“We’re going to have another two shows again in April and November and our number one aim in 2014 is to continue keeping the club busy and building on the progress we’ve made over the past few years.”
One young Chirnside ABC boxer who has high expectations for the year is Berwick-based Lewis Noon.
The 16-year-old, who took up the sport in 2010, was part of Scotland’s team which competed against England in 2013 and was also involved in both of Chirnside’s boxing shows.
He said: “I was unlucky in the shows and was beaten by split decision both times which was quite hard to take as I personally felt I’d won them.
“I’m looking to fight in both shows again this year though and I’ve also got my sights on the Scottish title as well.
“I made the final last year and won silver, but I want to be Scottish champion this season and hopefully get some more international fights.”
The first big event for Chirnside ABC in 2014 is the Eastern District Schoolboy, Youth and Junior Championships on January 18 at the Danderhall Community Centre in Edinburgh.
Black said: “We should have about eight or nine boxers heading up to the event so hopefully they can put in some good performances.
“Obviously we’d like to see our boxers winning their fights, but if they get beat trying their best then that’s all we can ask.”
Chirnside will shortly be handed some extra competition in the region with Galashiels the latest town to form a club, a development which pleases Black.
He said: “They’re going through their affiliation to Boxing Scotland around now, so hopefully next season they’ll have people competing as well which will be superb news for boxing in the Borders.”