Hawick Boxing Club has three competitors entered in the Scottish Novice Championships at Motherwell this weekend.
The Ravenscraig Centre is the venue for the preliminary rounds of this year’s championships and the club will be looking to add more names to the list of champions it has produced over the past 50 years.
In-form 16-year-old Jack Purvis is set to contest the light welterweight division and will be hoping to boost his unbeaten 3-0 record. And speaking to The Southern this week, coach Gareth Walker said he has high hopes for the youngster.
“I’m expecting Jack to do well.
“He’s been working hard in the gym and has been sparring regularly with experienced heads such as former Hawick professional fighters George Telfer and Colin Bain.
“He’s improved with each contest. This will be another test, but I am confident he’ll cope well.”
Thirteen-year-old Macauly Walker boxes in the 46kg category. He is the current Eastern District champion and coach and father Gareth Walker said: “Macauly has been training hard over the past few weeks.
“He hasn’t had a bout this season so far because he is not so easy to get matched up, but I am hoping he’ll do well this weekend.”
The third member of this weekend’s squad is 11-year-old Connor Sutherland. Connor, also an Easter District champion, is entered in the 42kg division and, like Macauly, hasn’t had an outing this season. The pair have been sparring regularly with input from Colin Bain whose impressive list of opponents includes a bout with Amir Khan in 2006.
“Connor is a talented young lad and I am sure he will produce the performance he needs to this weekend in Motherwell,” said coach Walker.
And he added: “This will be a tough test for the lads. They will be taking on some very good boxers, but I am sure they’ll do themselves and club proud.
“But, most importantly, I will be telling them to enjoy themselves. This is what they have been training for and it is important that they enjoy every minute if it.”
Meanwhile, heavyweight Sean Allison has his first bout of the season on Saturday, November 8, in Paisley and the club is currently talking to clubs in the north-east of England regarding potential matches.