Boxing: Purvis pulls no punches

Hawick welterweight Jack Purvis trades punches with Wishaw's Kamil Vescicik last Friday night at Mansfield Park.
Hawick welterweight Jack Purvis trades punches with Wishaw's Kamil Vescicik last Friday night at Mansfield Park.

By the time unbeaten Hawick welterweight Jack Purvis made his way to the ring for the final bout of the evening at Mansfield Park last Friday the roars of the capacity crowd almost shook the building from its foundations.

And the current Scottish light welterweight novice champion didn’t disappoint giving a tough two-fisted, three round performance against Wishaw’s Kamil Vescicik.

In a rough affair, Purvis was warned for the use of both shoulders and elbows. He scored with some heavy punches and stuck gamely to the task against the tough forward moving Vescicik.

After three rounds Purvis was given the unanimous nod from the judges and the win takes him to 6-0.

Macauly Walker completely outclassed and out punched Kris Slowey, who also made the trip to Hawick from Wishaw’s Shire club.

Walker had Slowey under pressure from the first bell, scoring with some cracking shots to the head and body but the Wishaw lad was nothing if not brave but in the third round referee Adam Scott had seen enough and called a halt to the fight.

Walker went on to land the trophy for the ‘Best Hawick Boxer’ for his display against Slowey.

Hawick’s William Bennett and Connor Sutherland both lost unanimous decisions against Gala’s Shaun Connolly and Declan Smith from the Northwest Boxing Club.

Bennett gave a real guts and thunder performance but Connolly produced the more accurate work on the night and Sutherland, despite a game effort lost to the rangy boxing of Smith.

Hawick heavyweight Sean Allison was die to take on Haddington’s Gary Fairgrieve but on the day of the show Allison was admitted to hospital to receive intravenous antibiotics for an eye socket infection.

Coach Gareth Walker said: “I am proud of the lads. They all fought their hearts out and gave it 100 per cent and you can’t ask for more.

“Macauly’s performance was the best I have seen from him and Jack gave another gritty display. William and Connor, although losing on the night, did the club and themselves proud.

“We’ll all be back in the gym this week and we’ve a lot of hard work to do. It’s the start of the season and I’m expecting big things from the boys this year.”

Other results: Mack Murdoch, Bronx (Unan win) Ross Aberion, Midlothian; Lee Welsh, Jonsey’s (Split win) Daryl Brown, Bronx, James Duncanson, Gala (Split win) Craig Abercrombie, Bannockburn; Stuart Nicholls, Gala (Unan win)Kieran Clarke, Bannockburn; Colin Brown, Gala (Split win) Connor McConnell, Midlothian; William Bennett, Hawick (Unan loss) Sean Connolly, Gala; John Casey, Jonsey’s (Split win) Darren Williams, Viewpark; John McCallum, Bronx (Unan win) Martin Crossan, Newarthill.

Club secretary and coach Colin Purvis said: “This was another massive success for our club. We have a busy season planned which includes Scottish Novice Championships next month which will feature our heavyweight Tom Robson.”