Split decision for Crowe on debut

Chirnside boxer Daniel Crowe narrowly missed out by a split decision when he made his ring debut at the Leith Victoria ABC boxing show in Edinburgh recently.

Stepping into the competitive ring for the first time, Crowe’s nerves didn’t show, and he went toe to toe with Bronx ABC opponent M Snaith for the duration.

After a battling performance in which Crowe displayed lots of skill and some gritty determination, the Tranent boxer was judged narrowly in front, with two of the three judges marking him ahead on points.

But Chirnside coach Michael Black praised Crowe’s efforts.

“It was close,” Black told the Berwickshire News. “Daniel put a hundred per cent effort in and definitely gave a good account of himself - you can’t ask for much more!”

Convinced that their novice boxer could take the same opponent on another day, Chirnside ABC are now trying to arrange a re-match between Crowe and Snaith. The Club has also sent a list of boxers to Granite City ABC, and are hoping to have members matched up at the Aberdeen show on May 21.

Chirnside Club coffers were swelled recently with a coffee morning held at the community centre, which raised £355.45.

Chairman Black said the extra funds will come in very useful.

“Thanks to everyone who turned up to help raise money for the club and to those who did some home baking, donated raffle and helped out. It was a tremendous effort by everyone!” he said.

Out of the ring and away from boxing, Black may be seen pounding the streets today alongside ‘marathin man’ Berwickshire’s Active School’s coordinator Paddy Dearlove, who has set himself the extraordinary task of running 44 marathons in just 51 days.

With Dearlove due to run from Eyemouth to Coldstream today (Thursday, May 5) Black has volunteered to keep him company for this stretch, and will be aiming to go the 26 miles alongside Dearlove.

Today Dearlove is tackling his fifth consecutive marathon in as many days, having begun the challenge on May 1 in aid of the Sick Kids Friends Foundation and comic relief. To donate visit www.run4thekids.co.uk