Boxing: Fight night Friday

Boxers from Hawick and Galashiels teamed up with fighters from Edinburgh's oldest boxing club Leith Victoria at the Gala club recently for a sparring session. Pictured are boxers and coaches from each club.

Boxers from Hawick and Galashiels teamed up with fighters from Edinburgh's oldest boxing club Leith Victoria at the Gala club recently for a sparring session. Pictured are boxers and coaches from each club.

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All roads lead to Hawick’s Mansfield Park on Friday night for fighters who are all set for a 12 bout bill of top class amateur boxing.

Hawick Boxing club has five fighters in action and the bill is set to include boxers from Galashiels and several top Scottish clubs.

The show being billed ‘All or Nothing’ builds in the success of their spring show and will once again prove that boxing in Hawick is thriving.

Unbeaten Hawick welterweight Jack Purvis takes on hard punching Vescicik Kamil from Wishaw’s Shire club in what promises to be a cracking contest between two solid punchers.

This is Purvis’s first fight since he injured his right hand in a work related incident last November.

And speaking this week, coach Gareth Walker said: “It’s great to have Jack back to full fitness.

“He’s a dedicated young lad. He’s aggressive and strong but he is up agaist a good lad and it won’t be an easy night but I expect him to cope with this.

“Jack to do well this season and I am positive he will be contesting championships at some stage. He has had some great sparring in preparation for this fight and he is looking forward to it.”

Also featuring on tonight’s 12 bout Mansfield Park bill is Hawick’s Macauly Walker who takes on Kris Slowey from Wishaw’s Shire club. Walker is joined by clubmates Connor Sutherland who faces Declan Smith from Northwest ABC and William Bennett who faces Gala’s Shaun Connolly in a local inter-club derby and Hawick heavyweight Sean Allison faces Haddington’s Gary Fairgrieve in what promises to be an interesting encounter.

Other senior bouts feature three further Gala boxers including James Duncanson who boxes Craig Abercrombie from Bannockburn in a 70kg contest, Colin Brown who faces Connor McConnell from Midlothian at 64kgs and Stuart Nicholls who takes on Keiran Clarke from Bannockburn at 52kgs.

Schoolboy contests include a hotly anticipated bout between Bronx stylist John McAllum who takes on Martin Crossan from Newarthill, Daryl Brown from Broxburn who boxes Lee Welsh from Jonsey’s at 38kgs and a 46kg bout between John Casey, Jonseys against Darren Williams from Viewepark and at 36kgs Mack Murdoch from the Bronx takes on Ross Aberion from Midlothian.

Commenting on the bill he’s spent the last three weeks making, coach Gareth Walker said: “There is a real variety on this bill and I am sure it will appeal to the Hawick crowd who know their boxing. There will be no easy contests tonight our lads have prepared well and they know what they have to do.

“I would like to say to the public if they are coming to Mansfield tonight the tickets available to purchase on the door will be limited and they would be better to contact club officials beforehand to guarantee a ticket.”

For tickets call Colin Purvis on 01450218417 or Gareth Walker on 07834 739994 or call in to Thinkfitness.