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Sell-out boxing show a knock-out!

Published: 4 Oct 2012 09:152 comments

MORE than 500 spectators crammed into Haddington's Corn Exchange on Sunday as a hugely successful East Lothian Amateur Boxing Club show took place.

ELABC fighter Keith Colgan celebrates his victory over Gary Kinmond

Among the 14 fighters representing the Haddington-based club was 22-year-old Vikki Adams, who became the first woman to box for ELABC.

The fantastic atmosphere and high-quality boxing on display made for a fine spectacle and the club has already received glowing comments from visiting clubs.

There was also plenty of success in the ring for the home club, with nine of the 14 boxers triumphing in front of their home crowd, with some exceptional boxing on display.

"It all went very smoothly and all the boxers put on a fantastic display," club co-founder and chairman Callum Colquhoun told Courier Sport.

"The quality has been shown from all the comments and messages we've received."

The 15-match card featured boxers travelling from across Scotland to take part, including from as far afield as Dundee and Paisley.

After an exhibition match between ELABC's 13-year-old pugilist Reece Hoehle and Cameron Thomson of Midlothian ABC, Reece's older brother Cameron delivered the first home victory of the night, getting the better of Jake Carson of Broxburn ABC.

Next up was the 56kg bout pitting 13-year-old Jack Withers against Jake Hunt from Lochee ABC. Again it was home boxer Withers who prevailed.

The first home defeat was suffered by Connor McLellan, the 15-year-old falling to Alistair Bruce of Cardenden in an 89kg match-up.

Then after Keith Gillespie had delivered another ELABC win with victory over Connor Bernard of Alloa, Vikki Adams made history when she stepped into the ring to take on Lynsey Stewart, from Hamilton-based club Forsyths ABC.

Adams was certainly not overawed by being ELABC's first ever female boxer, taking the victory from her fight and seeing the contest awarded the Best Bout of the afternoon.

The home winning streak continued as Robert Lovett, 24, dominated Lochend's Gregorz Klosowski over three rounds.

Next in the ring was ELABC's 14-year-old talent Matt Cunningham, who was superb in victory over Dunfermline's Ciaran Chalmers, his performance seeing him named Best East Lothian ABC Boxer.

Gary Fairgrieve, 27, added a victory over Paisley's Stephen Jamieson, then Tom Birrell, Martin Buist and Alan Cockburn entered the arena but were unable to finish on the winning side.

Next Keith Colgan stepped into the ring in his final fight before concentrating more on his coaching role.

The 30-year-old - son of club president Hamish - was in action barely two weeks after his wedding and he celebrated with an outstanding display, stopping his opponent, Gary Kinmond of Lochee, in the first round by technical knockout.

Last on the bill was 18-year-old Iain Trotter, and he too produced a fantastic display of boxing against Sean Eng of Lochend to complete a memorable show.

The show was the perfect way to follow the success of last season, when three Eastern District, two Scottish Novice and two Scottish Intermediate champions came from the club.

Those interested in joining can visit www.eastlothianabc.co.uk

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