Boxers set to make 
big impact on circuit

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Hawick Boxing Club continues its busy start to the season when members travel to Stirling tomorrow night to take part in a show at the Fallin Miners’ Welfare Club.

Light welterweight Jack Purvis, who won a unanimous points decision over Craigmillar’s Reece Cullen two weeks ago, is hoping to extend his winning record when he takes on the older and more experienced 18-year-old Glen Brown from Stirling’s 1314 club.

Also appearing for Hawick club and making his debut is Lex Rogerson who makes the thrice-weekly trip from Galashiels with his brothers Max and Frankie to train in the Hawick gym.

Rogerson, who is a pupil at Gala’s Glendinning Primary, faces 1314’s Colin Kearney in his ring debut.

Speaking to The Southern this week, Hawick coach Gareth Walker said: “I’m confident the lads will do well on Friday night.

“Jack is a talented young lad and as if he boxes behind his jab and doesn’t get involved in a scrap, there’s no reason why he can’t notch up another win. Lex is a forward-going boxer who throws lots of punches. He’ll put on a great show.”

Hawick boxers had mixed fortunes when they travelled to Craigmillar, coming away with a win and split-decision loss.

Purvis, 16, won his light welterweight bout against Cullen on each of the three judges’ scorecards. However, the fight appeared much closer than the scoring suggested, and in the first, Purvis struggled to come to terms with the Edinburgh fighter’s southpaw lead.

Walker said: “Jack boxed really well. He didn’t stick to the plan in the first round and he struggled to cope but in the second and third he put the lad under a lot of pressure. It was a good performance. We’ve got more work to do in the gym but he’s a tough lad and a great listener and he will come on from this.”

Thirteen-year-old Max Rogerson made his debut on the same bill. He boxed Craigmillar’s Thomas Fowley, who started well and had Rogerson under pressure early in the first, but the teenager rarely took a backward step and once he found range with his jab he forced Fowley onto the back foot. Rounds two and three were close and the split decision which followed was an accurate reflection of the fight.

“Max did himself and the club proud. He will come on from this and I expect him to do well,” added Walker.

Jack Purvis, Macauly Walker and Connor Sutherland make up next month’s Scottish Novice Championship entries and Walker is expecting all three to do well.“There’s a feelgood buzz in the gym at the moment and I am sure the lads will do the club and the town proud,” he added.