Berwickshire’s reputation for churning out first class boxers has been cemented after Chirnside ABC staged a knock out comeback show.
Chirnside ABC chair Michael Black said last week that members had been training hard ahead of their historic home show, and it showed, with the standard displayed by the home boxers a real testament to their coaching team.
Everyone from 10-year-old flyweight Ethan Sinton, who had the daunting task of opening the show with his debut fight, right through to seasoned headliner Mark Watson, gave everything in the ring.
The visiting boxers played their part well too, with each excellently-matched bout enthralling from start to finish.
Speaking at the final bell, special guest Amateur Boxing Scotland president Tom Brown said: “It was an excellent show, well organised and very enjoyable with a high standard of boxing. I hope this was the first of many.”
Sinton, the first home boxer to compete in Berwickshire for two decades, got Chirnside off to a winning start, by defeating Hill Park’s Ryan Sneddon with a split decision.
Next up for the home club was 14-year-old Marcel De Sousa, who stopped opponent Stephen Murray of the Clovenstone Club in the second round, with ringside medic Dr Foules ruling Murray was not fit to continue. Robbie White (13) continued Chirnside’s winning streak against Ewan Wilkie of East Lothian with a majority decision.
Holy Island teenager Thomas Douglas was next up for Chirnside, making his ring debut against Sandy Hutchison of Mid Lothian. Douglas showed great promised in his first ever bout but conceded the win to a strong opponent.
Matty Cameron was the first senior boxer to enter the ring for Chirnside, making his debut against Symon Koneski of Hawick. Cameron hit the canvas almost as soon as the bout began, but jumped straight back to his feet and battled his way to another Chirnside victory.
Boxing for the home club, Coldstream’s Hamish Murray suffered a narrow defeat to Keith Gillespie of East Lothian. The judges favoured Gillespie with a 2-1 majority decision after a highly entertaining bout which had the visiting crowd from East Lothian on their feet.
In a rematch of the Scottish School Boy Championship final, silver medallist Lewis Noon again went head to head with champion Joe Murray of Craigmillar. Murray just edged it for a second time, winning with a split decision after a highly skilled and hotly contested battle in which both boxers showed serious ‘one to watch’ credentials for the future. Noon and Millar were later awarded the Best Bout accolade by the judges.
Scottish Intermediate Champion Ben Grant, who was named the day’s Best Home Boxer, put on a sublime display to defeat the Scottish Novice Champion, East Lothian’s Cameron Hoehle, on a majority decision.
Chirnside’s Stevie Williams and Hill Park’s Stephen Buchanan clashed in the penultimate encounter, with Williams weathering some wild swings before really asserting himself by pinning his opponent against the ropes. Williams came out on top with a majority decision.
The headliners Scremerston’s Mark Watson and Alan Cockburn of East Lothian, who had met twice before in the ring, did not disappoint. The travelling East Lothian support were on their feet as Cockburn tried to record his first win against Watson. But the home boxer kept his guard strong and connected well with his own shots to continue his unbeaten record against the impressive East Lothian with a majority decision.
Ethan Sinton (Chirnside) defeated Ryan Sneddon (Hill Park)
Marcel De Sousa (Chirnside) defeated Stephen Murray (Clovenstone)
Robbie White (Chirnside) defeated Ewan Wilkie (East Lothian)
Sandy Hutchison (Mid Lothian) defeated Thomas Douglas (Chirnside)
Matty Cameron (Chirnside) defeated Symon Koneski (Hawick)
Neil Kennedy (East Lothian) v Alex Chmielnecki (Hawick) - exhibition
Keith Gillespie (East Lothian) defeated Hamish Murray (Chirnside)
Ian Keys (Lochend) defeated Martin Buist (East Lothian)
Joe Murray (Craigmillar) defeated Lewis Noon (Chirnside)
Ben Grant (Chirnside) defeated Cameron Hoehle (East Lothian)
Stephen WIlliams (Chirnside) defeated Stephen Buchanan (Hill Park)
Mark Watson (Chirnside) defeated Alan Cockburn (East Lothian)