TWO MEMBERS of Arbroath Amateur Boxing Club featured on the bill of Kincorth ABC’s boxing show held in the RUC Club, Aberdeen, on Thursday.
Ben Gibson was first to take to the ring when he faced Alexander Birkes, of Highland Boxing Academy, in a light welter-weight bout.
The Inverness boxer started fast, scoring with a quick flurry of punches and it was clear that Gibson was in for a busy night, Gibson responded by taking control of ring centre firing hard jabs at Birkes and putting his opponent on the back foot. A solid jab and straight right from the Arbroath lad hurt his opponent who finished the round on the defensive.
The second round was Gibson’s as he took the fight to Birkes manoeuvring him to the ropes where he landed hurtful uppercuts and hooks. Ben was showing good ring craft and was a dominating presence in ring centre.
Birkes started round three with a fast attack but Gibson responded with the harder punches and showed determination and fitness by keeping sustained pressure on his elusive opponent.
Ben again managed to pin his opponent against the ropes and was digging the punches home to take the final round.
Ben Gibson was awarded a well deserved decision from the judges and remains unbeaten.
Another undefeated Arbroath boxer, Terry Ballantine, was up next in a rematch with Kevin Cargill, Lochee. Cargill has been keen for a rematch after losing on points to Terry last season.
It was all action from the opening bell with both boxers landing quality punches from a tight defence. Both were targeting body and head with Cargill possibly landing the cleaner head shots. Ballantine kept his composure under pressure, landing hard straight body shots which the Dundee boxer took well. At the bell it seemed that Cargill might have just won the round.
Round two started at an even faster pace than the first with Cargill forcing Ballantine back with a relentless assault. Terry responded by firing back with his own hard combinations. Towards the end of the round Cargill now full of confidence launched a two fisted attack only to be caught clean by a devastating overhand right from Ballantine. Cargill was out on his feet and the referee counted out the Dundee man who was in no position to continue.
This is the fourth second round stoppage victory for Ballantine in a row in what was the fight of the night.
Both Arbroath boxers did themselves and the club proud and have the potential to compete with the best in Scotland in the next few years.