Welterweight Mark Fairweather realised his true potential on Valentine’s Day when he produced a display of skilful and accurate boxing in defeating highly fancied Martin Harkin, Greenock, in the quarter-final of the Boxing Scotland Ltd. senior championships held in Ravenscraig Sports Facility.
In this bout Arbroath ABC’s Fairweather showed he had made the transition from very good boxer into top class athlete, more than able to hold his own with the very best.
Using fast double jabs followed by crisp right crosses Fairweather showed good footwork and fast hands as he kept the powerful hooking shots from Harkin at distance, nullifying there usefulness.
The miles of road work, gym conditioning time and hours on the pads, bags and quality sparring allied to his natural ability and intuitive boxing brain came together in the three rounds.
Speed of punch and movement won Fairweather the first two rounds convincingly forcing Harkin, who was always dangerous and had to be shown respect for his punching power, to try to raise the pace in the final round, pulling Fairweather into a toe-to-toe exchange which suited the stockier opponent.
Harkin, buoyed by this paltry success was keen to keep up the pressure. However, Fairweather was clever enough to move out of range using his fast double jab to rattle the inrushing Harkness. Right to the final bell this very fast pace bout raced, a credit to the condition of both boxers.
The result a more than deserved victory by an unanimous points decision for rising star Mark Fairweather.
The semi-finals take place on March 7 at Ravenscraig.