Fighters in action

LAST Friday was a busy night for six members of Arbroath Boxing Club who were taking part in two different promotions, one in Blairgowrie, the other in Alva.

Deon Johnston, Barry MacDonald and Scott Denovan appeared in a show promoted by Wellmeadow ABC in the Angus Hotel, Blairgowrie.

Johnston, matched against Dyllan Philips, Dundee, gave his best performance to date. Philips had a tight defence, keeping a high guard, but Johnston worked out how to lower his hands, landing quality shots, racking up the points. As the bout progressed Deon Johnston maintained the upper hand and was awarded a unanimous points win.

Barry MacDonald faced the home club’s Connor Hog in an absorbing and well matched contest. The opening round took time to get going, MacDonald taking the centre and trying to dictate events.

By the second he really took the fight to Hog landing hard right crosses to the head. Hog rallied in the final round as MacDonald pressed home with his power punching. Hog countered well, three crunching rights taking the steam out of MacDonald. An exciting contest saw the verdict go to Connor Hog by the very slimmest of margins on a majority decision of the judges.

Barry MacDonald, like Deon before him, had given the best performance of his short career and can look to the future with confidence.

Scott Denovan took on Steve Buchanan, Hillpark, in another stirring performance. Quality left jabs and stiff right crosses saw Denovan in complete control as he dictated the rhythm of the bout. Buchanan came out for rounds two and three determined to redress the balance, forcing Denovan onto the back foot and onto the ropes. Denovan remained cool and calculating under the pressure, using good upper body movement, blocking punches with elbows and gloves, while landing solid counter punches to the body. Another close one for the judges who awarded the verdict to Scott Denovan with a unanimous points decision

Down in Alva in the local Masonic Lodge Liam Buchan, Darren Foster and Malcolm Milne were taking part in a show promoted by 1314 ABC,

Liam Buchan was matched against Ian Brady, 1314, in a close and tough contest. Buchan paced himself well over the three rounds, his superior power of punch causing Brady all sorts of problems. Brady lifted the pace in the second and third rounds, Buchan rose to the challenge but his work rate fell a little allowing Brady to sneak a very lucky majority points win over Liam Buchan, who improves with every bout.

Darren Foster also faced home club opposition in the shape of James Thomson, one of Scotland’s up and coming stars. From the start the two boxers stood toe-to-toe mixing in hooks uppercuts and even some straight punches as they tussled for control. Foster started the second well lagding accurate shots, that seemed to spur Thomson to even greater effort. In the third Thomson took control and showed why he is one to watch.

Fast hands, accurate punches and power brought two standing counts against Foster, who, although he was ‘still swinging’ to use his own words was getting caught too often. The referee rightly stopped the contest in favour of James Thomson.

Darren Foster sportingly congratulated his opponent and accepted he had been beaten by a young man with a very bright future.

Malcolm Milne had a re-match with the only boxer to beat him so far, Kerr Edmiston, 1314. From the start Milne changed his style from brawler to power punching boxer. South-paw right hooks and thumping straight lefts shook Edmiston as he tried to work out how to cope with this different approach.

By round two he had some success with right crosses but Milne was bullish enough to walk through the punches and land clean counters to head and body. In the third and final round Edmiston took control as Milne seemed to tire, but he was only building himself up for a big finish, taking control in the final stages with good body shots and catching the judges’ eyes and racking up points.

The decision went to Malcolm Milne with a unanimous points verdict, after another excellent performance by an Arbroath boxer.