Young boxers start 2014 in style with six gold medals

Chirnside boxing six who all collected gold medals at the weekend. (left to right:) Lewis Noon, Ben Grant, Thomas Douglas, Caitlin Black, Bailee Noon and Jack Grant
Chirnside boxing six who all collected gold medals at the weekend. (left to right:) Lewis Noon, Ben Grant, Thomas Douglas, Caitlin Black, Bailee Noon and Jack Grant

Chirnside Amateur Boxing Club got the year off to the best possible start as they claimed six gold medals in the Eastern District Schoolboy, Youth and Junior Championships on Saturday.

What made the achievement even more special was the fact that the club only took six boxers to the event at the Danderhall Community Centre in Edinburgh, meaning that all the boxers who competed won their fights.

With 32 bouts taking place throughout the day, first up for Chirnside was 11-year-old Jack Grant - the club’s youngest registered boxer - who had to compete in a semi-final first, whereas all of the other boxers went through to a straight final.

And after he overcame his opponent Jordan O’Donnell from Lochend ABC on points in the semi-final, he faced James McDonald from Denbeath ABC in the schoolboy final, which he also won on points.

Next in the ring for Chirnside was Caitlin Black, also 11, who came up against Shaira Robertson of Broxburn in three one-minute rounds.

Both boxers had their very first fights against each other at Chirnside’s boxing show back in November with the Broxburn fighter coming out on top.

But Caitlin was able to avenge the defeat this time around as she battled well in a very close encounter which was won by split decision.

The bout straight after that involved Bailee Noon, 12, who took on B Hutcheson from Midlothian ABC.

Bailee put in a strong performance and boxed very well, achieving victory on points and the youngster will be hoping he can carry that performance into the Scottish Intermediate Championships in two weeks’ time.

Chirnside’s next competitor was Bailee’s older brother Lewis Noon, 16, who was fighting in a youth final against Hamman Siddique of Leith Victoria AAC.

Lewis boxed well and was always on the front foot in the contest and won on points, which was the same outcome for Ben Grant, also 16, as he defeated Joe Murray of Craigmillar ABC - an opponent he lost to in December - giving him his 15th win in just 21 bouts.

Both Lewis and Ben are part of the Scotland setup and with national coaches in attendance on Saturday, they will be hoping for more caps if they can produce good performances in the Youth/Senior Championship Pre-lims in Glasgow on February 22.

Thomas Douglas had to wait until the 29th bout for his junior final against Ben Cockburn of East Lothian ABC.

In what was an extremely tough encounter, the 15-year-old gave Cockburn a standing eight in the second round, with his opponent returning the favour in the third, but in the end he was able to clinch victory on points.

Speaking after the Championships, chairman Michael Black said: “We’re proud of all our boxers and it’s a great achievement for them and the club.

“They’re training hard all the time and they’re a dedicated bunch and results like this are only going to keep those commitment levels up.”