ONE local boxers came home as Scottish champion and another as the runner-up last weekend after a great night in Coatbridge for Whithorn Bravehearts ABC.
The boxers, Daniel Purvis and Connal McDonald, travelled north to compete in the 2011 Scottish championships.
Daniel “the Guns” Purvis boxed his welterweight semi final on the Saturday against unbeaten Dean Bryne from Kinross. Purivs straight from the bell gave his all, determined to show his experience and combination skills against the Kinross boxer, moving around the championship ring like a seasoned pro, catching Bryne with beautifully timed uppercuts in several exchanges after three gruelling rounds the crowd were delighted with the unanimous decision going to the Braveheart boxer.
Middleweight Connal McDonald drew a straight final with old rival Paul Burns from Newarthill ABC near Motherwell. This was an eagerly awaited match and one that proved to be popular with the crowd on their feet struggling to gain a better view. McDonald and Burns defence was solid from bell to bell with both boxer throwing powerful body shots and blistering backhands during exchanges but no clean points were scored after round one.
In round two both boxers up there pace with some great style switching from McDonald trying to open up different angles to crack burns defence with a 2 -1 lead to McDonald going in to the third and last round. Burns pushed hard in the last round trying to out punch McDonald but the Braveheart kept his style and composure with some stylish footwork and punishing hooks but the final score according to the computer system was 2-2 therefore a double count back was adopted but this proved level as well, then a free voted was given to the three ring side judges as no draws are allowed in amateur boxing this was award to Burns much to the disappointment of the coaches. McDonald accepted his silver medal and in great sportsmanship shook his rivals hand.
Back in the ring again on the Sunday for his welterweight final was Daniel “the Guns” Purvis against an Orbiston boxer Gary Provan. As the bell sounded the start of the round the guns came out of their holsters and unleashed a fury of powerful ammunition consisting of Daniel’s trademark hooks, straight jabs and uppercuts. Provan weathered the storm well and managed to remain a slippery opponent to catch. Round two was at a blistering pace that surprised both set of coaches with Provan trying to get back in to the bout but Daniel had other ideas nicely slipping Provan’s punches and combining some slick counterpunches that impress all the judges
as the bout made it’s way to the final bell and the MC read out the decision that the new welterweight champion of Scotland was Daniel Purvis of the Bravehearts ABC Whithorn all the travelling support were on their feet cheering and clapping.
Coaches Tom Jolly and Wullie Martin were delighted with both boxers commitment and achievement, this marks a great milestone in the Bravehearts Boxing Club history in only three short years a gold and silver medal in Scottish championships boxing.
The club meets each Monday and Thursday from 7 – 9 pm in the New Town Hall in Whithorn. New members welcome.