Chirnside pair back in the ring

TWO Chirnside Boxing Club boxers were back in action at the weekend, two weeks after making their ring debuts.

Junior boxer, 11-year-old Ewan Wilson, went into his second contest on the back of a winning start at the Clovenstone ABC novice show at Penicuik on November 21.

Competing on the Leith Victoria boxing show on Sunday at the Masonic Club in Leith, Ewan boxed against C Aitchison from Dunfermline over three one-minute rounds.

This bout was the opening contest of the afternoon in front of a good crowd that included one of Scotland’s greatest World Champions, Ken Buchanan, and 2010 Commonweath Games Bronze medal winner Stephen Simmons.

Ewan boxed well against a slightly taller opponent in a close contest. He battled hard before being beaten on points in a split decision.

Stephen Williams was also on the bill, and boxed Leith’s G Korsak over three two-minute rounds. Stephen boxed well, adopting a more attack minded approach than in his previous contest. He worked well throughout, using his jab and one/two’s to good effect and putting his opponent on the back foot.

Club chairman and coach Michael Black said: “Despite fading towards the end of the second and third rounds, the Chirnside coaches in the corner thought Stephen had done enough to win, a view also shared by neutral spectators in the crowd, but the judges gave the result in favour of Korsak on points.”

The Leith Victoria Show marked 11 years since Michael’s last fight for the original club, which folded in 2000.

11 years later he watched the contest from firmly outside the ring. He said: “Our boxers took the fights at short notice. I received a phone call at 4.30pm on Friday asking if Ewan and Stephen would be able to box.

“It was a good performance from both boxers.”

The club are taking boxers through to a novice boxing show in Alloa this Sunday (December 12) where most of the bouts will be matched on the day.

“Hopefully all the Chirnside boxers who make the trip will get a chance to box,” Michael added.