Lewis hopes for a sweet sixteenth

Chirnside boxing club' (left: top to bottom) Ben Grant, Marcel De Sousa, Robbie White and (right) Lewis Noon
Chirnside boxing club' (left: top to bottom) Ben Grant, Marcel De Sousa, Robbie White and (right) Lewis Noon

Berwick’s Lewis Noon is hoping for a sweet sixteenth when he boxes for Scotland against England on his birthday.

Noon will take on an English opponent in the international match in Sunderland this Saturday (November 2) - his sixteenth birthday.

“I’m really looking forward to the fight and can’t wait to get back in the ring,” he said.

The Berwick Academy student, who boxes out of Chirnside Amateur Boxing Club, was selected for the Scotland team after attending a three day national training camp in Largs.

“It feels great knowing that the national coaches have confidence in my ability, even though I have had little experience compared with the rest of the squad,” Noon said.

The soon-to-be 16-year-old is feeling fighting fit and says he can’t wait to pull on the Scotland vest this weekend.

He has put a lot of hard work in over the last two months and it’s really paying off. “Training’s gone very well, although it has been extremely tough,” he admitted. “I’m in great shape and feeling fantastic.”

Chirnside ABC chair Michael Black said the whole club is behind him.

“This is a great achievement for Lewis - he’s worked hard for it,” he said.

The club , which has enjoyed a busy start to the 2013/14 season with boxers in action every week, can now boast two national silver medallists following the 2013 Boxing Scotland Novice Championships at the weekend.

With Thomas Douglas, Bailee Noon and Jack Grant going out at the semi final stage of the championships the previous weel, it was up to 12-year-old Ethan Sinton and Marcel De Sousa (15) to carry the flag for Chirnside in two national finals.

With head coach Martin Wood and Kevin Noon in the their corner, both boxers gave a good account of themselves. Both were defeated, but came away with their pride intact and silver medals to boot.

Sinton boxed on Saturday in the 2002 born Schoolboy 38kg final against Grant Wilson of Doonvalley ABC.

After a slow start, Sinton gradually came back into the contest and began to land some good punches but in the end he lost out by a unanimous decision.

De Sousa boxed on Sunday in the 1998 born Junior 57kg final against Aaron Armstrong of Cambusnethan ABC. Armstrong shaded the first round but De Sousa picked up the pace in the second round.

A good third round by the Chirnside boxer seemed to be enough to win the contest but the decision went against him, with Armstrong winning on a split decision.

The Chirnside coaches and others watching all believed that De Sousa had won. But even without a gold medal, the Chirnside boxers battled hard and proved their mettle yet again.

Head coach Martin Wood said: “The Novice Championships have been good for the club with two silver medals from five entries and lots of positives to take from the performances of our young boxers.”

Chirnside members Robbie White and Ben Grant were also in action over the weekend, boxing for an Eastern District Select team against a County Derry Select team in Northern Ireland.

Despite losing their bouts, both White and Grant boxed well to play an important part in two very entertaining bouts.

Senior boxer Mark Watson, who has been in a rich vein of form of late, boxes on Friday night against Ian Trotter from East Lothian Amateur Boxing Club at Pettycur Bay in Fife.

Building on the success of the first, Chirnside ABC is hosting its second home show in Duns on November 17.