Davie proves he’s boxing clever by landing judge’s job

Hawick's former boxer Davie Paterson looks ahead after qualifying as a referee in the sport.
Hawick's former boxer Davie Paterson looks ahead after qualifying as a referee in the sport.

NOWADAYS he is known as a hard-hitting councillor who pulls no punches.

In the years prior to this he was known as a hard-hitting boxer who pulled no punches.

For whatever he is involved in, Hawick’s Davie Paterson conjures up great passion and enthusiasm. As a result he has proved to be a real knockout in both circles.

Of late Davie has hit a new dimension in the world of the noble art since qualifying as a judge and referee. A long way indeed since taking his first step into the boxing game some 44 years ago.

Davie told TheSouthern: “I was brought up on the Lynwood housing estate in Hawick and just down the road was Hawick Boxing Club gym in the old St Cuthbert’s primary school. A few of my pals went, but I was never interested. However, one night I was out playing in the cold and decided to go in for heat more than anything else. I got involved in the training, loved it, and decided then I was going to be a boxer. I was 12 years old.”

Davie was a quick learner and a natural boxer. A year later he lifted his first title by winning the Eastern District Youths’ Championship. Many other honours were to come his way as a youth, winning the Scottish Boys’ Club crown on more than one occasion, the Scottish Junior Championship and representing the Scottish Boys’ Club side as well as the Eastern District Youths’ team.

Talking of these days Davie said: “We had a great coach in Jock Thorburn. He knew all about boxing, coached us well and all the boys respected him. There were some very good boxers in the club which had three East of Scotland champions at the same time, remarkable for a town the size of Hawick. Even more remarkable was that the three boxers all came from Lynwood. Now that was something special.”

Davie had rarely been out of Hawick, so when he was told he was going to be boxing in a championship fight in Aberdeen, he couldn’t believe it.

He explained: “Aberdeen to a boy like me was at the end of world. I got there, though, and it was the first time in my life that I had seen the sea.”

Davie was involved in many exciting bouts as a youngster. He recalled one in particular: “I wasn’t feeling that well and at the end of the first two rounds I was sick in the bucket next to the ring. I knew I was getting beat on points and in the last round I gave my all and managed to stop the other boy.

“A lady in the front row shouted to my corner man, ‘your lad sure has got a lot of guts’, and he replied, ‘no Mrs, he has none at all, they are all in the bucket!’”

Davie also more than made his mark in senior boxing. He fought for Scotland and was also a Scottish featherweight champion.

At the age of 26 he hung up his gloves. However, he returned to his beloved sport as a coach with Hawick Amateur Boxing Club.

Now 56, Davie is pleased with the way boxing is going in Hawick. “The club has a brilliant set up in the Jock Thorburn gym in the Thinkfitness Centre. The club is well run, the coaching is of a high standard and there are some promising young boxers breaking through, which is great to see.”

Since qualifying as a judge/referee, Davie has stood down from his coaching role but is still involved with the club.

An Independent councillor for Hawick and Hermitage for many years during which he has been involved in many disputes, Davie says of his new position: “I had to go through a hard exam in Kinross to qualify and was delighted to pass. Already I have judged bouts in shows at Glenrothes, Haddington and Coatbridge. Judging is an important part of boxing and I feel honoured to be doing it.”

Adding with a smile: “You don’t have to pull on the boxing gloves as a judge, however, I sometimes think I should have had the boxing gloves on during some council debates.”