Lochaber boxers shine in front of huge home crowd

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Fort William played host to a big night of boxing last Saturday as Lochaber Phoenix Boxing Club hosted another captivating show.

Local boxers had the chance to put their training to the test in front of a big crowd in the Nevis Centre where ten bouts took place, featuring five boxers from Fort William taking on opponents from across the country.

Top of the bill was comeback king and light heavyweight fighter Nathan McDade who faced Bannockburn’s Ryan Malcolm. Malcolm was a very aggressive southpaw but McDade showed great maturity to use good lateral movement and peppered the oncoming Malcolm with jabs and straight backhands.

After winning the opening round McDade began to force Malcolm onto the back foot, picking on his opponent’s weaknesses. Utilising clever punch picking, Nathan overpowered Malcolm and forced the referee to halt the contest after inflicting two counts on his opponent.

In a highly anticipated fight, fifteen-year-old multi-titled Cameron Whyte took on a fighter one year his senior, Alec MacDonald from Forgewood, in a contest that gripped the crowd at the Nevis Centre.

This bout could have taken place in a phone box as both boxers stood and relentlessly traded blows for all three rounds. Whyte landed the more powerful, eye catching blows which was the reason the decision went in his favour.

Another fifteen-year-old fighter, Eryk Wrobel, had a superb first round win against Rhys Duncan of St.Francis, dictating the pace and range of the contest. The next two rounds became a war of attrition but the young local boxer did enough to claim a deserved victory.

Kayden MacLean took part in his debut against Norman Hughes of Fair City but on this occasion things didn’t go the way the home club had hoped. But ten-year-old Kayden will learn from the experience and look to make improvements for his next contest.

Another local ten-year-old to enter the ring was Josh Dieguno, who took on an excellent opponent in Forgewood’s Lloyd Delaney. This was a fantastic showing from Josh however Delaney was just a small step ahead and took the decision.

At the end of the show Eryk Wrobel was awarded best young boxer of the night, while Cameron Whyte won boxer of the night and also best bout of the night. Nine-year-old Josh Hunter was awarded a prize for his efforts in a training session which took place in the ring before the boxing started.