Arbroath boxers are a knock-out!

THREE Arbroath boxers made the journey north on Friday evening to compete in the Kincorth ABC dinner boxing show at the Hilton Treetops Hotel in Aberdeen.

Guest of honour at the event was Herald ‘Bomber’ Graham, generally acknowledged as one of the best British boxers of the post-war era never to have won a world title.

First up for Arbroath Boxing Club was Ben Gibson making his second appearance in the ring in a week. His opponent was the more experienced Alex Fridge from Inverness.

This bout was a learning curve for Ben as his opponent adopted counter punching tactics which is Ben’s normal tactic. Gibson soon started forcing the action, landing straight rights to the body but Fridge was sharp and countered with combinations which saw Ben covering up well.

The bout was fought at a good pace with both boxers displaying impressive technical boxing skills, but Ben Gibson had the edge throughout and was awarded a points decision win over the Inverness man.

Next up was Max Butterworth, who was also having his second bout within a week. His opponent was the heavier Liall McKenzie from Inverness ABC.

This proved a tough bout for the Arbroath man, with McKenzie boxing behind a tight defence. Max kept the pressure on his opponent, however, and had to work hard through rounds one and two.

The third round belonged to Butterworth who, although tired, kept surging forward landing solid shots with both hands. But it was not one way traffic, with McKenzie landing counters of his own. It was Max Butterworth’s hand raised at the end of the bout to make it two wins out of two.

Arbroath veteran Darren Foster had to wait until the early hours before topping the bill in his first bout in almost a year. He faced local favourite Jordan Pirie in a 3x3 Welterweight contest.

The Kincorth boxer met Foster head on with both landing close counter shots. Pirie, encouraged by a vocal support, kept coming forward but Foster had seen it all before and was not fazed by the local man’s aggression. The second and third rounds were both contested at a good pace and Foster’s variety of punches was beginning to slow Pirie up.

The third round saw Darren coming on strongly forcing his opponent on to the back foot with fast accurate two handed attacks.

At the end of the bout the ring announcer called for applause for both boxers for what was the contest of the night, and a contender for contest of the season.

The local boxer was awarded a majority points decision in a bout which could have been scored in favour of either fighter.