Hawick boxer faces tough opposition in finals

Connor Sutherland of Hawick Amateur Boxing Club.
Connor Sutherland of Hawick Amateur Boxing Club.
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Hawick Boxing Club’s Connor Sutherland is through to the finals of the Scottish Novice Boxing Championships, writes Colin Purvis.

Eleven-year-old Sutherland got the nod from the judges after 3 x 1 minute rounds against Cameron Curle from Glasgow’s Viewpark Boxing Club on Sunday.

He is set to take on Forgewood’s Marc Johnstone in the final this Saturday at the Ravenscraig Sports Facility.

Sutherland faced four opponents in his 42kg class, so it was a straight semi-final on Sunday and the young Hawick boxer won a unanimous decision against Curle who was having his first bout.

Commenting on Sutherland’s chances in the final coach Gareth Walker said: “Connor will need to up his game, but if he boxes to the best of his ability he should win.”

Jack Purvis faced a similar scenario in his class (light welterweight) and has his semi-final this Saturday when he faces Ryan Templeman from O’Neill’s Gym in Glasgow. The final will take place on Sunday.

Walker added: “Jack will also need to be at his best. He is a strong and fit lad though and has been working hard towards this for weeks.”

Thirteen-year-old Macauly Walker’s weekend ended in frustration after he learned that he will not take part in this year’s championships.

Walker was entered at 48kgs alongside one other opponent and it looked like he would be involved in a straight final. However, his opponent was also entered at 50kgs and moved up to take on a less experienced fighter. Macauly boxes in Durham in a fortnight and the Intermediate Championships in February.