Berwick junior boxer Lewis Noon got the Hillpark ABC show off to an explosive start on Sunday, forcefully stopping his opponent in the first round.
Representing Chirnside Amat-eur Boxing Club, the 13-year-old came out all guns blazing at the Cowie Miners Club venue near Bannockburn, stopping opponent C Docherty after just 120 seconds.
In only his second fight to date, Noon showed no nerves, coming at Docherty from the bell in the first of 15 bouts on the day.
Chirnside ABC chairman and coach Michael Black, who was also on the bill himself, hailed Noon a “very strong boy with lots of potential”.
Former boxer and Chirnside coach Martin Wood added: “Lewis did really well. He’s a good trainer, and he just took how he trains into the ring. He didn’t even realise he’d stopped the boy at first!”
With Wood and Stevie Williams in his corner, veteran boxer Black - the last boxer to represent the original Chirnside Club which folded in 2000 - was defeated on points against the big-hitting opponent Chris Woods of Linwood Boxing Club.
“It was a good lad Michael was up against,” Wood said.
“Michael’s got a lot of experience. It has been a long time since he boxed first time round but the experience is still there and the boy had to watch that.
“But this boy won the Scottish Novice championships and he’s definitely one to watch - when he got his chances he took them.
“He was a big body puncher and to give Michael his due he done well, he went the distance.”
Wood added: “We’re going to a show at Leith in two weeks time (Sunday, April 24) and Michael’s on the bill there. So is Daniel Crow. We’ll see what happens there.”
With more club shows taking place this month, Wood said it was great to have Chirnside back on the circuit. “It’s all about getting out there again, getting our faces known,” he said. “We’re hoping to get all of the registered boxers matched up before the end of the season.”
Three of Chirnside’s junior boxers, including Noon, got some valuable sparring experience under their belts recently at neighbouring East Lothian ABC in Haddington.
Clovenstone ABC, Midlothian ABC, Leith Victoria ABC, Sparta ABC and The Bronx ABC also attended, for what proved to be a great learning experience for the Chirnside youngsters.
In three one-minute rounds, Chirnside boxers Ben Grant, Robbie White and Lewis Noon all gave a good account of themselves. Unfortunately Ewan Wilson, who also went along on the day, didn’t get matched to spar.
“There were no winners or losers but the lads all got a medal, presented by Craig McEwan, which was great for them,” Wood said.
Chirnside Amateur Boxing Club are having a coffee morning on Saturday, April 23 in Chirnside Community Centre to raise club funds. There will be a baking stall, tombola stand and raffle. All are welcome.