It was a full house for the final Bravehearts Amateur Boxing Club show of the season, held at the Douglas Ewart High School in Newton Stewart last Saturday night.
With matches for the Whithorn club’s boxers becoming more difficult to find, coaches Wullie Martin and Tom Jolly could only stage seven scoring bouts, but each one had the sell out crowd shouting for more.
The top of the bill was a revenge match between Ryan Fairhurst and Nicholas Thorneycroft of Carlisle Villa ABC, who beat Fairhurst during their last encounter.
The award for the best visiting boxer went to Dabal Kamil and the Paul McLure Trophy for the best Bravehearts boxer was presented to Tyler Jolly by Bobby Cloy on the night.
Coach Wullie Martin said: “It was disappointing that we could not get matches for all our squad. Tom and I have spent weeks phoning every club we could, but the rules on weight ranges means it is getting harder to pair up the different age groups.”
Although the show marks the end of the club season, some of the Bravehearts boxers will still be on district and national duty.
Coach Tom Jolly said: “It’s been a good season for us, with some of the younger boxers coming through. We just have to hope we can find matches for everyone in the next session.”
Ever popular District and National Title holder Tyler Jolly fought against Dastan Kamil of North Glasgow ABC.
Although Jolly turns it on for the Scottish and District fights, he has a habit of doing just enough work to do the business at club level.
Graeme Service was in the ring, taking on Daban Kamil of North Glasgow ABC and Kian Carnochan fought against Kayden Hull of Carlisle Villa,
Braveheart Liam Smith took on Evan Jones of Furness Catholic ABC, the club’s Ewan Smith, took on Anthony Maguire of North Glasgow ABC and Braveheart James Brawls took on Jack O’Keefe of Doon Valley ABC.
Home favourite Gavin Martin fought against Jordan English from Cleator Moor ABC and 10 year old Braveheart John Jolly took on Mackenzie Ross of Nith Valley ABC.
Although the coaches scoured Scotland and northern England to find matches for all their boxers, they were forced to put Bravehearts’ Sam Mactier and Daniel Purves together for an exhibition bout.
r See page 39 for a full report on the night’s bouts.