Semi-Pro Boxing Dinner


GLASGOW’s Crowne Plaza Hotel was once again the venue that proved most hospitable to the talent of the SK Boxing team on Saturday October 6.

A host of experienced fighters entered the ring with the aim of entertaining the packed audience, as did several new boxers making their competitive debut under the SK banner.

As a growing force in the semi-professional scene, it was perhaps fitting that the opening contest featured two female fighters eager to make a mark in their boxing careers. To great vocal support Shannon “The Dark Horse” Lawson faced up to Kinga “King Kong” Los in the amateur lightweight contest.

Starting with a flurry of aggressive punches, it was Los – who arrived in the boxing ring from a Thai boxing background – who seized the initiative of the fight. Using her strength advantage she inflicted some heavy blows on the technically gifted Lawson. Despite rallying in the second and third rounds, Lawson could only congratulate her opponent on an aggressive display to bring home the win.

In the super-middleweight contest Rory “Bomber” Brown was again impressive as he coped well with the direct style of Paul “Boom Boom” Young from Edinburgh’s Holyrood Boxing club. In a typically frantic start from two talented boxers, the opening round saw both fighters score points as Young attempted to control the movement of Brown. However, into the second and third rounds Brown started to utilise his southpaw jab to greater effect, while finding greater success on the inside. This combination went a long way to hand Brown both the final round and the fight.

Next was perhaps the most intriguing fight of the evening as a spectator turned participant took to the ring in the shape of Tulip Chicoine. Having filmed countless fights for SK recently, the “Flower Power” faced off against Shannon “Shaniqua” McLean after a intense training period. Under the watchful eye of Sam Kynoch and SK coach Martin “The Tank” Green, Tulip delivered a consummate performance against a skilled former Thai fighter much to the delight of her SK stablemates.

In perhaps his toughest test yet, Gary “The Mint” Murray stepped into the ring against Kevin “Bingo” Ballantyne – a talented former amateur fighter who once defeated the reigning WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns. What followed was a fiercely contested bout with both fighters showcasing a high standard of technical boxing. A frantic first round was followed by three more with neither fighter willing to drop their workrate. Having gone the distance, the satisfaction in getting the win was clear to see on Gary’s face as he secured his first defence of his BBU Scottish light-middleweight title.

There was disappointment for Mark “Too Strong” Armstrong who suffered a loss to Edinburgh’s Phil “Machine Gun” Coppola from Holyrood Boxing Club. While both boxers gave it their all and went the distance, it was the east coaster who took home the win. A tough decision to take but plenty of positives to look back on from the bout, particularly for Mark who has so far enjoyed plenty of success since his return to boxing.

Earlier, David “the Gladiator” Galbraith secured a points win against “Dynamite” Danny Burke after going the distance while Archie “The Terrier” Ferguson kept team SK on winning ways with a clear victory over Kris “The” Falconer from Holyrood Boxing Club.

As the evening progressed, there was a true battle of giants as Dan “The Destroyer” Lennon stepped into the ring with the pride of Fife Gordon “The Bull” Brennan. With both fighters having already carved out reputations as big hitters, the fight more than lived up to expectations. As the two light heavyweight’s traded blows throughout the four rounds, the watching crowd were left stunned when Brennan connected a solid left hook on the chin of Lennon only for the visiting fighter to steady himself and continue to trade. An impressive display from both fighters that rightly ended with Gordon getting the decision.

Next up with a hotly anticipated defence of his BBU super-middleweight contest, “Magic” Marc Kerr faced off against David “The” King from Newcastle’s Felling Warriors. With Kerr again impressing with his movement and combination work, he faced a stern test from King who had clearly made the journey to Glasgow with the aim of taking home the title. Three bruising rounds followed during which both boxers managed to score points with Kerr managing to move out in front. Into the fourth, an injury to Kerr’s right hand forced the SK fighter to adopt more conservative tactics and work off his jab but this was enough to secure the win.

Elsewhere on the card Ben “Beanster” Williams and Adam “The Axe” Stewart treated the audience to a exhibition display that left no one in any doubt of their potential as they look to further their jounrney in boxing. While the contest between Shaun “The Shark” Clark and Tommy “Tombomb” Fleming was ended prematurely as Clark was disqualified for a headbutt on Fleming .

Finally in true SK spirit, three top fighters climbed between the ropes for a charity exhibition bout. Reigning BBU Heavyweight Champions John “Cruel Intentions” Stevens took part alongside former British, Commonwealth, and European welterweight champion Gary “the Kid” Jacobs and former sparring partner with Joe Fraizer Djuma “Noble” Lubassa. While all three experienced campaigners put on a show to a jubilant audience the real winner was charity with all monies raised going towards a variety of good causes.

After yet another successful evening of boxing, SK’s Sam Kynoch said he was delighted with the talent and commitment on show.

He said:” Tonight has been a great show and the crowd were treated to some excellent contests.  The night was action packed from the amateur bouts right up to the title fights.  We are back at the Crowne Plaza on Saturday 8th February 2014 and I am already looking forward to it!”

Report by Kenny McKay

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