Bravehearts boxers in Carlisle

Braveheart boxer Ryan Fairhurst (left) in action
Braveheart boxer Ryan Fairhurst (left) in action

Whithorn Bravehearts ABC travelled to Carlisle last Friday night with four boxers.

Young Tyler ‘Hot Dog’ Jolly kept his winning formula going making it four wins on the trot by beating Gary Johnston in a unanimous decision with his powerful jab and left hook doing all the talking, much to the pleasure of his travelling entourage.

Next in the ring for his debut bout was Mark ‘Dogg’ Milven against a young boxer, L Spencer from Whitehaven. This proved to be a crowd pleaser with the local support showing great respect to both boxers. It was a close decision and the hand of young Spencer was lifted by the referee.

The third Braveheart to enter the ring was Sam ‘Bogbouse Bomber’ Mactier who had accepted the rematch from Luke Surtees of Carlisle after a close bout three weeks ago in Whithorn. This time round ‘The Bomber’ had new plans, developed in pre-training, to upset the local hero. From the first bell to the last Mactier introduced his opponent to his powerful sonic boom of a jab and improved footwork repeating this for three rounds impressing all the judges in an unanimous win.

The last Braveheart on the Carlisle bill was Graeme ‘Ghost’ Service, who was boxing the experienced S Wallace of Whitehaven. This bout showed great skill and fast hand speed, in a toe-to-toe encounter of non-stop boxing which the referee declared the bout of the night so far with Wallace just given the win.

Last Saturday the Bravehearts ‘battle bus’ travelled up to Edinburgh with senior boxer Ryan Fairhurst to compete in the first rounds of the Scottish Championships, there were 15 entries in the tough middleweight category and Fairhurst drew an Edinburgh opponent Lewis Akalami in the first round. This bout was one of Ryan’s best displays of boxing ever, easily punishing the much larger opponent with powerful jabs and his trade mark ‘boom-boom’ body shot. After the three rounds the expected Braveheart win was turned to dust when the referee raised Akalami’s hand in victory.

The decision surprised Bravehearts coach Wullie Martin who said: “Ryan gave his all and he fought like a warrior, out pointing and scoring at will against a much larger opponent, a rematch will be organised for our next home show on May 6th in Newton Stewart’s McMillan Hall and Ryan will not be leaving the result in the hands off the judges!”