THE 10TH Charity Boxing Show promoted by Doug Ford and Scott Cooper took place on Friday in a new arena in front of a sell-out crowd.
With usual venue the Waterfront closed, the Community Centre became the place to be on Friday night.
Graced once more with the presence of the legendary Dick McTaggart an enthusiastic crowd were entertained by the protagonists with all the glitz and razamataz of a professional show.
The first contest featured Marc ‘The Mighty’ Smith, sponsor Millgate Bar, against Paul ‘The Banshee’ Beatham, sponsor Reptile Shack.
There were swings and lunges and some untidy moves at the start but as the bout progressed and the boxers began to tire the boxing actually improved slightly.
Certainly there was no lack of effort from both these competitors with Smith eventually gaining the verdict by a points win over Beatham.
Jenny ‘The Tank’ Napier, Ramsay Fabrication, faced Natalie ‘Boom Boom’ Edwards, Sandton Hair, in the first female contest of the night.
This was a more skilful bout as both girls showed they had been listening to their coaches and tried to use boxing skills.
Napier had good hand speed and her more accurate punching and work-rate just swung things her way.
Edwards’ determination saw her force her opponent to the final bell where Napier was awarded a close points win.
Thomas ‘Supersonic’ Sudol, sponsored by Steve Smart/Willie Stather, was matched against Sam ‘Iron Hand’ Allan, sponsor Sam Allan.
In another close encounter, Sudol was shorter and stockier and used hard fast right crosses and thumping hooks against the taller Allan.
This contest became a classic fighter verses boxer match with Allan using some good technique to counter the undoubted power of Sudol.
A very entertaining and well contested bout finished with Allan being awarded a very close points win.
Sam ‘The Machine’ Monaghan, sponsor Marty Johnstone, and Robin ‘Braveheart’ Swan, sponsor Allan Mowatt Painter and Decorator, was a female bout of some quality.
These two really produced the goods with some excellent moves and top class technique.
Swan is a member of 1314 Boxing Club, while Monaghan is a member of Arbroath ABC and both have unbeaten records.
The ability on show was plain to see and after three excellent rounds of action the judges could not separate them and Swan and Monaghan shared a drawn verdict.
Stuart ‘No Mercy’ Tunstall, Associate Personal Trainers, faced ‘Taliban’ Dan Oliver, Warehouse Gym, in a well matched and competitive contest.
Tunstall took control in the first with some hard straight punching but Oliver came back in the second and just about shaded the round.
The last round saw both dig deep and come up with some spirited action but the verdict went to Tunstall by a narrow margin.
Graeme ‘The Hit Man’ Smeaton, Smeaton Plant Hire, and ‘Mad’ Max Butterworth, Coast Nightclub, were involved in what can only be described as a brawl.
A clash of styles and over enthusiasm made for an untidy match. There was no lack of effort, determination or courage, but certainly a distinct lack of finesse.
The referee had his work cut out for this bout and the final bell eventually rang with Butterworth gaining a points verdict over Smeaton.
Ian ‘Dynamo’ Greig, sponsor T.D.I., had a change of opponent when his original , Lewis ‘Jabber’ Jenkins, had to pull out due to appendicitis.
At very short notice Terry Ballantine, Arbroath ABC took his place for an exhibition contest.
It was a very entertaining contest with some good stuff coming from Greig. Ballantine used some cracking counters which Greig took well and came right back with crisp rights.
Three well contested rounds ended with a no score draw.
Dave ‘Spanky’ Spink, Martin Niland Plastering, and Neil ‘Bonecrusher’ Sturrock, Abbey Ink, were the penultimate bout of the night and they got things off to a rousing start.
Spink being shorter worked close inside landing good head shots, while Sturrock was going for the ample body of his opponent.
By the second Sturrock was using his reach to good advantage. Spink managed to land a few thumping rights but was taking more than he was giving.
Round three was fought at a much slower pace as tiredness from their earlier exertions wore both down. The result was a points win for Sturrock over a very tired Spink.
The final bout of the night turned into one of the best.
Leanne ‘Sugar’ Mathews, sponsored by 45 Sergeants Mess. and Debbie ‘Bomber’ Brown, sponsors West Port Bar, served up a competitive contest.
Mathews took early control with piston like lefts and rights, while Brown defended well coming back with right crosses.
The second saw Brown begin to dominate but Mathews forced forward and the final round was shaping up to be a corker.
Both girls went for the prize and gave a great display of skill and determination right to the bell, with Mathews awarded the verdict.