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Lochaber Phoenix Boxing Club held their end of season home show last Saturday night at the Nevis Centre where a crowd of almost five hundred people enjoyed nine bouts featuring boxers of all ages.
Light heavyweight Nathan McDade topped the bill against St.Francis Boxing Club’s John Richardson and didn’t fail to deliver. McDade has gained a lot of experience this season so the fact Richardson was a southpaw didn’t faze the Lochaber boxer as he moved to the outside of the Dundonian’s lead foot and tried to land his straight backhand, which he did to good effect in the opening round. While being warned for dropping his head by referee Joe Duffy, the Lochaber fighter was easing his way through the contest in control of the action and in the last round put an exclamation on his performance by forcing a standing eight count on Richardson and cementing his unanimous points victory.
Due to a last-minute withdrawal of Dawid Jarzab’s opponent, his teammate Kevin Aitchison stepped in to allow each other a valuable work out and practice many of the different facets of the sport that they normally only get to work on in the gym environment.
Lightweight Robbie Hall made his senior debut but found St.Francis’ David Barty too strong, while Kein Johnstone couldn’t muster a comeback after his fitness levels were tested against Insch’s Jimmy Laing as both Lochaber boxers failed to reach the final bell.
Welterweight debutant Robbie McFadyen brought the house down in the bout of the night as his ferocious combinations finally brought an end to his contest with Sparta’s fellow debutant Jake Gallagher in a seesaw battle that swung either way. This performance also brought Robbie the boxer of the night award.
Eleven-year-old Scottish champion Josh Dieguno gained revenge on Sparta’s McKinley Lorne, who had defeated Josh in the final of the northern districts six months previously, with an accomplished victory. Nine-year-old Josh Hunter showed immense potential in a cub bout with Jude Blake of St.Francis and looked far more experienced than his tender years.
Dawid Jarzab won the club’s boxer of the year, with Josh Dieguno picking up young boxer of the year and Josh Hunter most Improved