Behind Enemy Lines

Behind Enemy Lines – England v Scotland (The London Boxing Club)

The Clapham Grand – London’s Premier Nightclub and Live Music Venue, Clapham Junction

On Thursday 22nd November 2012 SK Boxing Promotions sent a team of 5 boxers down to London to compete in an England v Scotland boxing event. Due to an injury to one of the English boxers scheduled to compete one of the contests was replaced by an exhibition bout between Glasgow’s John “Cruel Intentions” Stevens and London’s “Mighty” Mitch Duffus – which proved to be an interesting match-up.

First up in competitive action was Richie “Clubber” Carrigan from Kirkintilloch. Carrigan started the contest brightly but often waited too long before letting his punches go. As a result he allowed his opponent to gain a foothold in the contest and it was evenly matched going into the final round. Carrigan was docked a point for holding in the final round and this proved decisive as his opponent ran out the winner on points.

Glasgow’s “Magic” Marc Kerr, the reigning BBU British Super-Middleweight Champion was next up for the Scottish team. Kerr’s opponent started brightly but was soon pushed onto the back foot as Kerr started unloading with bursts of punches – including some telling body shots. By the midpoint of the contest his opponent was reduced to holding and suffered a standing 8 count. The contest went the distance as Kerr was frustrated by the holding tactics employed by his opponent but was awarded a wide unanimous points decision – and improved his record to 18 wins against only 1 loss.

Hassan “The Afghan Annihilator” Sofi, originally from Afghanistan and now living in Glasgow, was looking to keep the winning run going for the Scottish team as he faced London’s Jamie Lawrence – an ex-professional footballer who played in the English Premiership for many years and represented his native Jamaica on the international stage. In an exciting contest which had the crowd on their feet throughout it was Sofi’s edge in power which saw him earn a narrow points win. Lawrence, making his boxing debut at the age of 42 put on an excellent performance and ran Sofi very close.

It was left to Gary “The Mint” Murray from Coatbridge to ensure a Scottish win as the Londoners looked to salvage a draw by winning the last contest of the night. Murray did not disappoint his Scottish team mates and out on an excellent display of counter-punching to outpoint his very tough and game English opponent.

The Scottish team earned a hard-fought 3-1 victory overall, which is an excellent result away from home and given that the London team comprised of boxers from many of the capital’s best gyms. “Magic” Marc Kerr was awarded the trophy for best boxer of the night.

The return leg of this Scotland v London fixture will be held at the Crowne Plaza in Glasgow on Saturday 9th February.