Chirnside Amateur Boxing Club will be represented in two finals at the Scottish Novice Championships this weekend.
Marcel De Sousa and Ethan Sinton fought their way through their respective rounds in an action-packed two days at Ravenscraig and will now fight for a Scottish title this weekend.
Chirnside ABC chair Michael Black said: “The coaches were pleased with how all of our boxers performed and applied themselves in the ring, doing themselves and the club proud.”
De Sousa won through to the final after dispatching Billy McKenzie of Craigmillar ABC in the semi final (1998 born Schoolboy 57kg) by a split decision.
In a close bout the Chirnside boxer found it difficult when his opponent applied pressure in close, but with space he boxed well at long range, and did enough to win the contest. He will now face Aaron Armstrong of the Cambusnethan club in the final.
Sinton put the disappointment of his last outing - a standing count defeat - firmly behind him when he came up against John Brown of Port Glasgow ABC in the 2002 born Schoolboy 38kg semi final.
After a fairly even start there was little to separate the boxers in the first two rounds. With the third round set to be the decider a determined Sinton showed who was boss, landing some great back hand shots to claim a well-earned victory by a split decision and book his place in the final. He will box Doon Valley’s Grant Wilson on Saturday in a bid to win the title.
Also boxing in the 2013 Boxing Scotland Novice Championships were Chirnside’s Jack Grant, Thomas Douglas and Bailee Noon.
The Chirnside coaches thought Noon did enough in his semi to progress through to the 2001 born Schoolboy 36kg final, but the judges disagreed, awarding the bout to Chris Brown (Duries ABC) by split decision.
Making his ring debut against Duries ABC’s Kieran Yardley in the 2002 born Schoolboy 30kg semi-final, Jack Grant played his part in an entertaining, all action bout, but it was Yardley who progressed through to the final with a unanimous points win.
Still only 10-years-old, Grant is another promising talent coming through the Chirnside ranks. Holy Island boxer Thomas Douglas also suffered defeat, despite landing some good punches against an strong opponent.
Boxing John Stewart of Craigmillar ABC in the 1999 born Schoolboy 60kg semi-final. Douglas had to dig deep. He caught Stewart with good punches but in the end lost the bout by a unanimous points decision.
Black added: “Thanks to coaches Martin Wood, Michael Blaikie and Kevin Noon for sharing corner duties and thanks to all who went along to support the boys.”