Noon impresses district selectors

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CHIRNSIDE ABC’s Lewis Noon has hit a rich vein of form in the ring, securing back to back victories and impressing East district selectors.

Full of confidence following his win over Campbell Wallace of the Millennium ABC on February 9, the 15-year-old travelled to Stirling Rugby Club to face home boxer Leighton McKenzie on the Hillpark ABC show.

With club coach Martin Wood and his dad Kevin in his corner, the Berwick youngster battled hard for a well-deserved win over a strong opponent.

“It was a great victory over a very good opponent, and two wins in two weeks has been great for Lewis’ confidence,” Martin Wood said.

“The first round was very cagey, with two good lads showing respect for each other.

“In the second round Lewis was patient and took his chances.”

McKenzie was always a danger, boxing on the back foot with fast feet and quick combinations. But Noon kept his cool and put in an impressive final round to win the contest by a majority decision, four judges to one.

Wood said: “In the last round Lewis stepped up his work rate and landed some good back hand shots and a very strong left upper cut.”

Noon’s performance impressed east officials, who have asked him to join the East team that will face a West select in Greenock on May 3.

Also representing the Chirnside club at the Hillpark show was Noon’s younger brother, 11-year-old Bailee, who boxed an exhibition bout against Hillpark’s Alec McDonald.

“It was a great show of boxing from the Noon brothers,” Wood added. “Kevin Noon was in the corner with me and to say he was a proud man is an understatement.”