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Highland Boxing Academy show proved valuable preparation for fighters


By Andrew Henderson


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Highland Boxing Academy returned to action with their home show last weekend as the club’s athletes continued their preparations for a busy spell of competitions.

Joshua Morrison won via decision in his headline bout on Highland Boxing Academy's home show at the Legion. Picture: David Rothnie
Joshua Morrison won via decision in his headline bout on Highland Boxing Academy's home show at the Legion. Picture: David Rothnie

With nine competitive bouts on the card, four of HBA’s boxers had their hands raised on a night where every contest went the distance to the judges’ scorecards.

Keigan Mackenzie got the better of Cambusnethan’s Stuart Forrest, followed immediately by Andrew McLaughlin’s triumph over Lochaber’s Antonio Bodkin.

Liam Miller then followed suit against Dundee University’s Kuba Korczak, before Scottish Novice champion Joshua Morrison sent the crowd home happy in the main event with a victory of Kingdom’s James Fish.

The show was one of the last opportunities HBA’s boxers will get to step into the ring to test their skills and gain experience before the club travels to two Box Cups that are coming up quickly on their competitive calendar.

So win or lose, head coach Liam Foy saw the evening as valuable for all of his boxers knowing there are big bouts to come.

“It was another great night with some great boxing, some wins, some losses and some great performances,” Foy stressed.

“There were no stoppages over the whole night, which shows how competitive the matches were. That was picked up on by a couple of the officials, how evenly-matched the bouts were.

“These bouts build up wins and losses on a record, but ultimately it’s their training ground for championship boxing.

“Without these bouts, they won’t have the experience to go and compete in Box Cups. Even the ones that lost all valued the ring time and the experience.

“We’ve got 28 registered boxers at the club, and we featured 10 of them on the night. I think we gave a good spread of what we’ve got at the club, all the levels and ages, so that’s good.”


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