Whithorn Bravehearts ABC travelled to Glasgow last weekend to compete in the Scottish Championships with three boxers, Tyler Jolly, Daniel Purves and Connal McDonald, all winning medals.
Over the past three months the young boxers have been increasing their skills and fitness to peak on the weekend the coveted Scottish titles were decided.
First in the ring on Saturday was 75kg middleweight Daniel Purves against Gary Provan from Orbiston ABC from the bell Daniel showed great controlled aggression dictating the pace of the bout and working his jab and powerful back hand to great success winning the bout by seven points to four and putting him in the final on the Sunday.
The other two Braveheart boxers were favoured with the draws in their categories and made it straight through to the finals.
young Tyler Jolly’s catergory was flyweight, 48kg, and he boxed against Jack Kennedy from Broadwood ABC. His contest was one of the last on the Saturday afternoon and as soon as the bell started from round one to the final bell, Tyler increased his lead steadily using his fast and furious hand speed and “float like a butterfly, sting like a bee” attitude he became the clubs first Scottish champion of the year. Bravehearts coach Tom Jolly said: “Tyler has trained hard and put a lot in to achiving this today. The club is well proud.”
The boxers all stayed in Glasgow on the Saturday night to save the long journey home and give the remaining two boys the best chance of winning on the Sunday.
Daniel Purves’s bout was the penultimate bout of the day against current middle weight Scottish champion Paul Burns from Newarthill ABC. This was a toe-to-toe encounter with Daniel’s double jab and straight right doing all the damage to maintain the lead at six to four going in to the third and last round. Daniel knew that the title was so close but at the final bell, Burns came out of his corner like a thunderbolt firing bombs at the Braveheart. Purves’s defence, which had remained solid over the previous rounds, began ot crumble. Unwilling to let his title be taken off him, Burns had the bit between his teeth. In the closing 20 seconds of the bout Daniel caught Burns with a left hook that shook him, but at the final bell Burns held his title by one point much to amazement of the Bravehearts corner coach Wullie Martin.
He said: “Daniel boxed two hard contest this weekend and always gives 100 per cent in effort he is a true Braveheart.”
The top of the bill contest of the weekend for the light heavy, 80 kg Scottish title was Connal McDonald against Dean Bryne from Kinross ABC.
As the crowd all settled down back in to there seats after daniels thriller of a bout, the lights were lowered and the boxers introduced, immediately as the bell sounded the crowd rose to there feet and the noise in the hall became deafening, Connal using his boxing skills and silky footwork started scoring against his opponent with his trademark jab and straight right to good effect that after the first round was four points clear. The second round saw Connal introduce his combinations with hooks and uppercuts that the Kinross boxer had no answer for and after new instructions from his corner, the Braveheart put more pressure on his opponent during the last round forcing the referee to stop the contest and raise the hand of McDonald - the new light heavy weight champion of Scotland! The travelling support were absolutely delighted and coach Tom Jolly said: “Connal has worked hard all season developing his skills and today used them effectively. Next is the British title.”
The club would like to thanks all our sponsors for providing the funding to able our boxers to compete at this high level, so far this year we have two western districts gold medallist and now, two gold and one silver at the Scottish Championships. Our next home show will be on May 6 in the McMillan Hall. Newton Stewart.
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