Town boxers out on the road

Arbroath Boxing Club’s Darren Foster, along with coaches Iain MacLeod and Jamie Norman, made the long journey to Fort William last Saturday.

They took part in a show promoted by Lochaber Phoenix ABC in the Nevis Centre, Fort William.

Foster faced the home club’s very experienced Aiden Donnelly in a fast paced quality contest.

From the first bell Foster took the fight to Donnelly, firing in hard hooks and uppercuts to the head and body, forcing Donnelly onto the back foot and dominating the round.

Round two followed a similar pattern. Foster’s thumping hooks causing all sorts of problems for his opponent.

In the third and final round Donnelly tried to get on his toes using movement to keep out of trouble, Foster was focused, his ability to cut the corners soon trapped Donnelly on the ropes, once more in control.

He was awarded a well deserved points win after an excellent display of boxing ability.

On Friday the action moved to Aberdeen and a show promoted by Granite City ABC was held in Sunnybank Social Club.

Schoolboy Jason Talbert was matched against Jamie Smith, Granite City, in an all action three round contest.

Talbert’s go forward style seemed to suit the counter-punch technique of Smith, who moved well and landed some good shots on target,

Talbert kept up his relentless attacks in the second round, but Smith, with a wealth of experience behind him, withstood them well, scoring points with crisp punches as he moved around out of range.

The final round saw a big effort from Talbert but Smith rode out the storm and edged his way to a points win over Jason Talbert.

Terry Ballantine made his competitive debut on the same bill and was matched with fellow debutant, Amir Shafish, Granite City.

Ballantine started a little nervously but after landing a couple of useful jabs to his opponent’s head he settled into a rhythm of jab and move, scoring points the whole time.

Shafish tried to assert himself in the second, scoring with good straight lefts. Ballantine seemed to be inspired by this, firing right back with spearing counters, eventually taking control once more.

Shafish stuck to his guns and gamely fought back but to no avail.

Terry Ballantine was awarded a clear points decision, making a very impressive start to his boxing career.