Zetland Boxing Club once again showed they are in the elite class having delivered yet another first class boxing event, held at Airth Castle Hotel on Friday.
Guest of honour Dick McTaggart MBE, Scotland’s only Olympic boxing gold medallist, was warmly welcomed by the crowd.He watched 10 competitive bouts including a Scottish Intermediate semi final and final, as well as a skills contest, all highlighting the hard work and superior match making skills of Zetland’s club secretary Jimmy Dunn. It was clear Zetland’s conveyor belt of talent continues to produce, courtesy of the coaching staff headed up by local hero John Buist, coach Paul Paterson and club delegate Stevie Morrison.
First up was Zetland’s own Jamie Brown from Redding, the Scottish Novice Junior 60Kg silver medallist against John Salkeld of Leith Victoria.
The boys were evenly matched in terms of skill and fitness, but over three rounds Brown showed more determination. His crisper straight punching was probably the difference, edging him ahead to a well deserved points win.
Two Zetland youngsters yet to make their competitive debuts – Dean Fullerton from Grangemouth and Linlithgow’s Daniel Todd were matched in a skills contest, before Scottish Novice Youth 64Kg silver medallist Andrew Craig was paired with Steven Fleming from Broxburn.
Craig, from Slamannan started the brisker showing a variety of punches. However, in this fiercely competitive bout he found himself up against a clever counter puncher and eventually slipped behind narrowly losing on points.
Much to the delight of those in attendance, Jimmy Dunn of Zetland had achieved something of a coup bringing Amateur Boxing Scotland’s Intermediate 75 Kg (Middleweight) semi final and 64 Kg (Light Welterweight) final to Airth – and the 75 Kg semi finalcould have topped the bill at any show across the country!
Ian Trotter from East Lothian and Michael McDonald from Kilsyth Golden Gloves were each as determined as the other to reach their first final and their contrasting styles pleased the crowd. After three pulsating rounds the judges gave Trotter the nod, much to the delight of the vocal East Lothian support and he will go on to box for the Scottish Intermediate 75 Kg Title later this month.
The top of the bill contest paired Kevin Mullaney of Dundee and Martin Buist from East Lothian. The boxers had similar styles but did not disappoint by dishing up a stylish finish to the show. It was nip and tuck throughout, but MC Craig Stevens announced Buist as the new Scottish Intermediate 64Kg champion.
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