Mark Fairweather got the Arbroath Boxing Club’s season off to a winning start when he traveled to Methil to take part in a show promoted by Madison ABC in the Savoy Sports Pavillion.
Making his return to active boxing after a two-year sabbatical, Fairweather was totally dominant over an outclassed awkward opponent.
Josh Clark, Madison, found the speed and power of Fairweather too much to handle. Hurtful left hooks and fast jabs from the long reach of Fairweather dictated the opening round. Clark’s response was to try and hold on, virtually wrestling in the latter stages. Fairweather kept his composure and by the end of the second was well in control.
In the third and final round a fast and accurate four punch combination brought a standing count against Clark. There could only be one result and Mark Fairweather was awarded an unanimous points verdict. The bout was boxed over three, three minute rounds and was under the new scoring system being adopted for all amateur boxing matches and which will be in force at the forthcoming Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
Arbroath boxing fans will be able to see this new scoring method in action when the club promote their first show of the season in The Community Centre on Friday, November 29.
There are some more changes to rules and regulations which are designed to improve the spectacle and impact of the sport. Many of these changes won’t be obvious to the spectator but will make the contests more evenly and fairly judged which is to the benefit of everyone, not least the boxers.