A capacity crowd attended the Whithorn Bravehearts ABC annual boxing show in Whithorn Town Hall last Sunday and they were treated to a fantastic display from the Bravehearts.
Boxers travelled from Durham, Penrith and Liverpool in England as far north as Dundee to take part.
Bracehearts’ Coach Tom Jolly described the day’s events.
He said: “Bout one was a display of skills from Bravehearts registered CUB boxer Hayden Fairhurst against Dumfries boxer Leon Jardine and Penrith Boxer Lucas Iredale. This was a great wee bout with all paperweight boxers keen to show off their skills for the appreciative crowd. The southpaw boxer Fairhurst’s style was tricky for his two orthodox opponents to work out, which allowed the Braveheart the ability to score effective shots with his both hands. As this was a skills bout no decision was awarded.
“The Bravehearts’ flyweight, James Brawls, was next in the ring competing against an unbeaten boxer from Glasgow’s Noble Art boxing club. James showed real heart in this bout, landing some powerful combinations that had the crowd on their feet watching closely in case of a stoppage in the early rounds. Unfortunately, entering the last round, James developed a bad cut that seemed to slow him down and the Noble Art boxer was award the win.
“Welterweight Liam Smith’s slick silky footwork and fast and furious counter-punching was a pleasure for the capacity crowd to watch against a tough competitor form West Durham. This bout was non-stop action for the three rounds with both boxers trying to outwit each other with back hands and counter hooks. The decision was one of surprise for the home crowd when awarded to the away boxer.
“Kian Carnochan, the Bravehearts’ light-welterweight, then boxed against Scottish champion Baha Aljamal from Rob Roy ABC, Glasgow, this was a greatly anticipated contest as both boxers were rolling off recent club and country winning bouts. Kian started off strong in round one not letting Baha settle in to a rhythm, using his trade mark straight right and left hook to great effect, round two and three the Rob Roy boxer was keen to settle for counter punching after each blister attack from Carnochan. This was judge a split decision again to the away boxer.
“bravehearts’ Lightweight boxer Graeme Service was back in the ring after nearly two years lay off and he had a toe-to-toe battle with Noble Art’s Alii Bhatti. This was a cracker of a bout with bother boxers keen to trade heavy body shots that had the crowd on the edge of their seats. Graeme hand speed was the faster of both boxers, but Alii’s fitness shone through in the last round and the winner was the Noble art boxer.
“Bravehearts British champion welterweight Tyler Jolly was against a tough English boxer Kieran Sutton from the Wirral Boxing Club. Matching Tyler after his win two weeks ago in Cardiff was extremely difficult, but Sutton came to Scotland with an impressive record of 31 bouts with only six defeats and he came to win. Round one and two the Braveheart’s speed, footwork and powers was a joy to watch as he controlled the bout‘s pace and tempo. Round three saw England’s Sutton stepping up his work rate trying to angle his upper cuts looking for a stoppage, but Jolly’s experience and maturity steadied the ship and he returned fired with blistering combinations of three to four shots after each exchange. Winner by split decision was Jolly.
“Bravehearts’ Heavyweight Richard Lowrie’s first competitive bout was against Penrith’s Gav Davis, this was a bout of two giants who dared to enter the ring and give their all for glory, Richard started off well working long solid shots behind a tight defence, hitting his target easily at will, Davis then started ducking and slipping looking to land solid hooks but the Braveheart was happy to block and counter as the round moved on, As with all heavyweight boxers, one punch can change everything quickly and as the Penrith boxer slipped the Braveheart’s straight jab at the end of the round to land a solid hook that saw the referee quickly jumped in and award an eight count to allow the boxer to recover. The Bravehearts’ coaches decided to stop the contest as the safety of their boxers is more important than any win.
“The top of the bill bout was a middleweight contest with Bravehearts’ Ryan Fairhurst against Dundee’s Ryan Gall. This bout was a three x three minute bout that had the crowd yelling for more. Round one witnessed Fairhurst establishing a good rhythm being the aggressive front-foot fighter, working his opponent against the ropes and in to the corners with his powerful back hand and combinations that the Dundee boxer was struggling to defend against. After the break, round two saw Gall change his game plan to good effect. After every Braveheart attack, he held on until the referee split the boxers apart, Gall would then bounce in with a three or four punch combination that the judges were noting. Round three saw both boxers giving their all, with Fairhurst encouraged by the partisan crowd working his blistering hooks to the body and jabs to the head to great effect. As the bell sounded for the last time it was too close to call, as both boxer knew the result was going to be a split decision, but the result was award to the Dundee boxer.”
Bravehearts’ Coach Bobby Cloy at the ringside said afterwards: “Bravehearts have put on an impressive show this afternoon, their boxers are a credit to Wigtownshire, not all the results went their way today but as I always say, every boxer that pulls on a set of gloves and steps through the ropes in to a boxing ring is a winner, they train hard to develop their fitness and control their aggression then to show the utmost respect to their opponent win, lose or draw.
“There is no other sport like it.”