Arbroath ABC proud to boast Scottish Champion Lewis Keith

Arbroath ABC can once again boast a Scottish Champion after Lewis Keith was crowned 1998 Intermediate Welterweight Champion last Sunday.

The weekend a was busy time for Lewis, who along with Haydn Hill and Joe Nakavulevu and their coaches were taking part in the Boxing Scotland ltd. Intermediate Championships, held in the impressive Ravenscraig Sports Complex, Wishaw.

Haydn Hill was first in action when he faced Zohain Hussain, Kelvin ABC, in the 1999 bantamweight semi-final.

To the bell the contest flowed and the judges were left to decide the winner, with Haydn Hill getting the result by a split decision over a very game opponent.

Lewis Keith had opposition from Osprey ABC, Liam Henry, in his 1998 welterweight semi-final.

Keith had a height and reach advantage that he used to good effect in the opening exchanges.

Lewis Keith was awarded a 2 - 1 split decision and was through to Sunday’s finals along with Haydn Hill.

Joe Nakavulevu was also competing in a semi-final, at heavyweight and he had to return on Sunday to face Aymen Amish, Granite City ABC.

The verdict was once again a split decision, this time to the opponent, Amish winning which was about the right decision.

Haydn Hill faced Joe Kelly in the bantamweight final and what a contest these two talented boxers dished up.

Kelly is a come forward hooking boxer and Hill used his style against him, catching Kelly with stiff straight punches as he came forward.

Kelly regrouped and worked his way inside landing with some good shots to head and body.

In the second Hill stood off a bit more to give himself room to counter the aggressive Kelly, landing with quality firm shots.

Kelly absorbed the shots and still came forward hooking and uppercutting his way inside. Into the third round this top class contest raged.

Both these boxers wanted that title and it showed in the determination and effort they brought to the final two minutes.

The final bell brought a tense wait as the judges scores were collated but Joe Kelly was awarded the title of Scottish Intermediate Bantamweight Champion over a disappointed Haydn Hill.

Lewis Keith became the Scottish Intermediate Welterweight Champion by walk-over, when his opponent Alexander Hutchison decided to pull out of the competition.

Over the piece it was a successful outing for the club.