Whithorn Bravehearts travelled up Glasgow last weekend to compete in the western district championships and produced their best ever haul of gold medals with three out of the five boxers winning the coveted title of district champion.
Liam ‘Beefy’ Smith was the first of the Bravehearts to gain his gold medal after competing against a strong opposition from Nith Valley ABC Dumfries. Liam had a tough bout as both boxers were going toe to toe from the first bell swing powerful hooks in the centre of the ring, but it was ‘Beefy’ who pushed his opponent the hardest forcing the referee to give the Dumfries boxer a mandatory eight count at the end of the first round to secure the win.
James ‘Brawlster’ Brawls then boxed a lad from View Park ABC Motherwell. This was a popular bout with the crowd as both boxers showed great skill and moves that had the supporters applauding and cheering during the bout, the ‘Brawlster’ trade mark straight left and right hook was working well during the three rounds. As the boxers were brought together at the end of the bout a split decision was given to the Motherwell boxer.
Kian ‘King’ Carnochan boxed in the tough 60kg lightweight category and drew a undeafeated Cambusneathan boxer with a history of being a big hitter. But this didn’t worry the Braveheart boxer as, from the sound of the first bell to the last, it was the Kian Carnochan show. His fitness and strength conditioning preparing for this tournament showed, turning his opponent at every chance and planting his straight right to the head and following up with punishing body shots. When the last bell sounded to end the bout, it was Kian that was awarded the gold medal and the title of district champion to great cheers from the travelling Braveheart supporters.
Gavin ‘The Tank’ Martin was the first bout during Saturday’s quarter-finals and he drew his nemesis, a Glasgow boxer he has boxed three times before. ‘The Tank’ worked hard during all three rounds using his fast and furious hand speed and trademark powerful hooks that forced his opponent onto the ropes several time causing the crowd to cheer for more, but, as in previous bouts with this opponent, the Glasgow boy had the reach advantage and this was what the judges were taking note of. The result was a split decision to the Glasgow boxer.
Tyler ‘Hotdog’ Jolly had two bouts to secure his title this year in the converted welter weight category and he start off with a first round TKO stopping a boxer from the Barn ABC Glasgow during Saturday’s prelim rounds. Sunday’s final was against an undefeated boxer from the Renfrewshire Boxing Club who had also four recent knock-outs to his credit. But again, the Braveheart boxer’s preperation prior to the tournament held him in good stead, and as the bell sounded and the Renfew boxer charged at the ‘Hotdog’, his speed and power and silky footwork allowed him to pick crunching scoring shots that the judges noted, securing Tyler a unanimous win and the gold medal.
Bravehearts’ coach Bobby Cloy said: “Team Bravehearts have competed against the best boxers in the west of Scotland this weekend and to secure three gold medals for a wee village town with limited facilities is amazing. It shows the dedication and commitment to their sport that the boxers have and it makes us all proud to be part of.”