Chirnside boxing club delivered another knock out home show whilst writing themselves into the history books.
Fifteen top class bouts delighted a capacity audience at Duns Volunteer Hall, including the first 11-year-old female bout in Scotland.
Father and daughter on the same card was also a national first.
Chirnside ABC chair Michael Black, who featured on the bill alongside daughter Caitlin, said the show was another great day for the club.
“Yet again, we pulled off another great show, with fifteen contests - fourteen of these featuring home boxers,” he said.
“It was a well matched show by matchmaker Martin Wood, you wouldn’t believe the hassle and stress he had finding opponents then getting late call offs. But he got there and deserves credit for the number of close bouts there was.”
It was all action from the first bell, when 10-year-old Jack Grant burst out of his corner to command all three rounds against a worthy opponent, East Lothian’s Ty Twist. Twist played his part well in a high tempo opening bout, but Grant dominated throughout and was declared the winner by a unanimous decision.
With dad Michael in her corner, 11-year-old Caitlin made her ring debut against Shaira Robertson from the Broxburn club. The young Chirnsider showed great potential with impressive movement and some good shots, but lost out by a split decision - as did dad Michael against Clovernstone’s Kevin Gorrian.
“I was a bit nervous before my bout, but for Caitlin’s I was just so proud that she was in there,” Black admitted.
There were narrow defeats for Chirnside’s Ethan Sinton, Robbie White and Marcel De Sousa, who put in an impressive performance against current Scottish Novice Champion Ben Cockburn. Cockburn eventually won by a split decision, with the judges later declaring the clash ‘bout of the day’.
Scotland internationalist Lewis Noon showed his class in a measured three rounds against John Butcher from the Kier Hardie club, with both boxers landing some clever combinations. The split decision ultimately went Hardie’s way, but on that showing both boxers are contenders for the future.
Noon’s younger brother Bailee fared better, coming out the happier side of a split decision in a hard fought victory against Ryan O’Connel from the Duries club, and Holy Island’s Thomas Douglas served up one of the performances of the day with a unanimous victory over Jordan Hunter from Meadowbank. The 14-year-old Islander started on the front foot and had Hunter against the ropes in every round.
Sixteen-year-old Marcus Owtram showed there’s lots to come from him during an impressive exhibition against Matty Cunningham from East Lothian.
Newly registered senior boxer Mark Tully (25) impressed in his ring debut against Leith Victoria’s Amer Ramzan in a lively, entertaining bout. With little between the boxers, it was close throughout. Tully looked to have done just enough, and was unlucky a split decision went against him.
The 11th bout of the day between Chirnside’s Matty Cameron and Joe Santangeli of neighbouring East Lothian club was a real crowd pleaser. Both boxers gave their all. Cameron began to tire in the final third, but had done enough in the earlier rounds to earn the victory by split decision.
Ben Grant continued Chirnside’s winning ways, showing exactly why he’s the current national Intermediate champion with a polished performance against East Lothian’s Jack Withers. Working some good combinations whilst dodging much of what Withers threw at him sealed Grant a unanimous win, and he was later declared ‘boxer of the day’.
The penultimate round saw local lad Lewis Paulin enter the ring for the Meadowbank Club. Paulin, a Scottish internationalist who hails from Eyemouth, dominated proceedings from the off against Thomas Dickson of Leith Victoria.
Dickson did well to match Paulin’s pace and hang in the bout, but the former Eyemouth High student was far superior throughout, and claimed a unanimous victory following an exemplary, high tempo showing.
The headline bout between the home club’s Mark Watson and Danny Burke of Duries ABC lived up to its billing. The first round was close to call, but the Scremerston boxer seemed to edge the second. With Burke tiring in the third round, Watson looked to have done enough, but the win was awarded to Burke after a split decision.
“We want to thank the sponsors, particularly main sponsor Robin Lees, and everyone who played their part in making this show a success,” Black added.
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Jack Grant (Chirnside) defeated Ty Twist (East Lothian)
Shaira Robertson (Broxburn) defeated Caitlin Black (Chirnside)
Matthew Traynor (Duries) defeated Ethan Sinton (Chirnisde)
Marcus Owtram (Chirnside) v Matty Cunningham (East Lothian) EXHIBITION
Bailee Noon (Chirnside) defeated Ryan O’Connell (Duries)
Thomas Douglas (Chirnside) defeated Jordan Hunter (Meadowbank)
Amer Ramzan (Leith Vic) defeated Mark Tully (Chirnside)
Ben Cockburn (East Lothian) defeated Marcel De Sousa (Chirnside)
John Butcher (Kier Hardie) defeated Lewis Noon (Chirnside)
Lewis Burns (Renfrewshire) defeated Robbie White (Chirnside)
Matty Cameron (Chirnside) defeated Joe Santangeli (East Lothian)
Ben Grant (Chirnside) defeated Jack Withers (East Lothian)
Kevin Gorrian (Clovenstone) defeated Michael Black (Chirnside)
Lewis Paulin (Meadowbank) defeated Thomas Dickson (Leith Vic)
Danny Burje (Durie) defeated Mark Watson (Chirnside)