Purvis punches above his weight in Stirling

Gareth Walker, Jack Purvis, Colin Purvis
Gareth Walker, Jack Purvis, Colin Purvis
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Hawick light welterweight Jack Purvis won a unanimous decision in Stirling on Friday night against the older and more experienced Glen Brown.

Hard-punching 18-year-old Brown, boxing for the 1314 Club, landed some heavy shots in the first minute, but the 16-year-old Hawick fighter was in control by the end of the round.

Purvis won the second with some stylish boxing and scored with some impressive combinations to both head and body.

Brown tired badly at the start of the third and halfway through Purvis looked like he might score a stoppage win.

The judges all scored the bout for Purvis, taking his record to 3-0.

This was his second unanimous win in a fortnight and his next outing is the preliminary of the Scottish Championships at Motherwell in two weeks.

Coach Gareth Walker said: “This was a step-up in class for Jack and there was an element of risk involved. He handled it well and boxed brilliantly for a good win.”

Eleven-year-old Glendinning Primary pupil Lex Rogerson made his amateur boxing debut at the same event where he boxed Colin Cairney from the 1314 Club over three one-minute rounds and despite a plucky performance he lost a unanimous decision.

Rogerson, who travels from Gala three times weekly to train at the Hawick club, rarely took a backward step and gave Cairney lots to think about. Walker said: “Lex boxed very well. He’s a gutsy young lad and he’ll come on from this bout.”

The Hawick club has three entries in this month’s Scottish Championships at Motherwell.

Jack Purvis contests the 64kg division, Macauly Walker (13), challenges for the 48kg title and Connor Sutherland (12) boxes at 44kgs.

A full preview will appear next in week’s paper.