Youngsters strike gold for Chirnside ABC at regional and national events

Ben Grant has become a Scottish Intermediate Champion
Ben Grant has become a Scottish Intermediate Champion

CHIRNSIDE ABC is packing a punch in the junior rankings, with two of the club’s youngsters striking gold in just over a week.

Eyemouth’s Ben Grant fought his way right to the top on Saturday, becoming Scottish Intermediate Champion for his age and weight.

Robbie White was successful at the Eastern District Schoolboy/Youth Championships

Robbie White was successful at the Eastern District Schoolboy/Youth Championships

His success came a week to the day after younger member Robbie White was victorious at the Eastern District schoolboy champion.

“It’s been a good couple of week’s for the club, it’s nice for the lads to get some bouts in and to end January with two champions is great,” said Chirnside ABC chair Michael Black. “Numbers at training have been good and there’s a few keen to get in the ring. It’s been frustrating for some of them so far with a lack of fights but we’re hoping to get more of the lads matched up in coming weeks.”

Boxing at the Amateur Boxing Scotland Intermediate Championships at the Ravenscraig Sports Complex in Motherwell, Grant became the 2013 Scottish Champion, defeating Heriot Watt’s Ryan Love in a straight final.

With club coaches Martin Wood, Michael Blaikie and Malcolm Renton in his corner, Grant beat Love by 12 points to 10 in the 1997 born 52kg category.

Coach Martin Wood said: “The boy boxing Ben started very fast with a body and head combination, but when Ben got his range and started throwing his one-two combos, the boy couldn’t cope with Ben’s pressure.

“In second round Ben gave the lad a standing count with the sheer pressure he was putting him under.”

He added: “Ben did really well - the score was 12-10, but we all thought it should have been a larger margin.”

Senior boxers Stevie Williams and Mark Watson were also on the bill at the Intermediate Championships, boxing to get through to the quarter-finals.

Fighting at 69kg, having put on a spirited performance, Williams was defeated 15-11 by Alan Cockburn from East Lothian ABC.

“Stevie’s was a tough bout against a strong opponent, and he gave it a right good go - it was a close contest,” Wood said.

Watson (75kg) was also defeated, losing out 8-4 to Cleland ABC’s Fraser McGlashan - much to the consternation of the Chirnside corner.

“Mark was robbed!” Wood insisted. “The boy he was boxing was taller than Mark - Mark’s not the tallest of boxers - so the plan of attack was to slip inside his punches and land to the body and head, which he did.

“Mark was never in any trouble, we thought he had done enough to win it, so it was a bit of a shock when the scores came up, definitely disappointing.”

He added: “All three boxers were a credit to themselves and the club.”

The previous week, 12-year-old Robbie White won a gold medal at the Eastern District Schoolboy/Youth Championships, defeating Ewan Wilkie of the Bronx ABC in the 2000 born 36kg category.

The close contest with Wilkie at the Danderhall Centre in Edinburgh takes newly-crowned Eastern champion White’s record to four wins in four.