Chirnside Boxing Club put on knockout show

A large crowd packed the Volunteer Hall in Duns on Sunday afternoon for Chirnside Boxing Club’s third meeting since it was refounded last year.

Competitors of all ages and weights stepped into the ring, and debutants for the home club touched gloves with boxers who had signed up at very short notice.

That was because of the late call off from the Heart of Devon, which left matchmaker Martin Wood looking around for participants at short notice.

“We are really grateful to everyone who stepped in, “said club coach and chairman Michael Black. “It was great of the East Lothian boxers from Haddington to come down at such short notice.”

Sean Philips and Edward Varey made winning debuts, and Philips even went home with a new nickname.

His bout against Stuart Nutt of the 1314 club in Stirling was postponed just as the pair stepped into the ring.

Amateur boxing rules state that the boxers must be clean shaven, which Philips wasn‘t.

After being given a few minutes to remove his stubble, he returned for the MC to introduce him for the second time, as Sean ‘Razor’ Philips.

Meanwhile, Chirnside’s Ben Grant faced off against Jay Hulme of Liverpool’s Kirkdale boxing club, a bout that saw the Eastern District champion take on his North West counterpart. Hulme won narrowly in an entertaining fight that saw him take home the award for best visiting boxer.

But Grant’s efforts were rewarded with his own award as best home fighter on the night.

The best bout award went to the girls, shared between visitors Georgia McIntyre and Sally Birrell.

Coach Michael Black was full of praise for his boxers and is now looking ahead to the club’s next event.

“We were wondering about what crowd we’d get this time,” he said, “especially after the great numbers we got for the last two shows, but we weren’t disappointed.

“We’ll start looking into things for the next time. We want to try and advertise the events a bit better, maybe with a banner in Chirnside where everyone can see it. We’re also looking at maybe having an evening event. We’ll see what we can do.”