Grangemouth-based Zetland boxing club can be proud as punch after its annual club gala dinner at Airth Castle was a great success on Friday night.
The club’s youngsters Jamie Brown, Jamie Hill and Luke Astrefi were in the ring, while Daniel Todd, the Scottish champion, was on the bill but couldn’t arrange an opponent.
Astrefi’s bout with Cameron Thomson was an exhibition given the gulf in experience between the boxers - yet it was difficult to tell who was the boxer with most in ring minutes behind him as the St Mungo’s pupil fought Scottish champion Thomson.
In the other Zetland fights Jamie brown made a great start to his fight - the opening competitive contest on the bill, against Leith’s John Salkeld.
A good first round was followed by a response in the second from the visiting boxer, he third round was tight, but shaded by the Leith boxer who won by unanimous decision.
His namesake, Jamie Hill also made an impressive start in his fight with Hillpark’s David Symon.
After a blistering start got the home crowd behind him, he began to fade with 20 seconds of the first still to go and the result looked a foregone conclusion, but as impressive as Hill was in round one, Symon was just as good if not better in the second with Hill still recovering from his incredible opening.
The second break was welcomed by both boxers and in a tight third round which could have gone either way, the judges gave Hill the win in a split decision.
Boxers from other clubs across the central belt were in action at the impressive evening organised by the Grangemouth-based club.
In the first, Sam Hickey from Leith Victoria fought an exhibition against Steven Anthony from Cleland.
After a frantic start by Jacob McLaughlin some boxing in response saw Ciaren Young take his time, and the victory.
Lewis Johnstone of Cleland won a split decision over Logan Howat of Lochee, and Lee McGregor of Meadowbank was defeated by Aquib Hussain of the Barn boxing club in a swinging bout where the latter’s superior weight advantage helped edge the fight in his favour via split decision.
Monty Ogilvie from the Bannockburn 1314 club was a unanimous winner in the light welterweight contest with Martin Buist. The East Lothian fighter found success with his jab, but a couple of well-timed and well-delivered strikes from Ogilivie proved pivotal in securing the first of two 1314 victories.
In the main event, Jamie Thomson also from Bannockburn’s club was the winner, in one of his final fights as an amateur.
The played a patient game against Barn’s Ian Buchanan absorbing an early onslaught to get the measure of his opponent before picking his punches in the latter stages of the first round. A clever second round followed from the red corner and as Buchanan tired and battled on, Thomson matched his aggression with added skill and slowed the pace back down with a series of body punches which handed him the unanimous decision.
Look out for a slideshow of Gary Hutchison’s images from the show online later this week