Boxers back with a bang as September showcase looms

Hawick heavyweights Sean Allison, left, and Tom Robson sparring in the Think Fitness gym
Hawick heavyweights Sean Allison, left, and Tom Robson sparring in the Think Fitness gym

Hawick Boxing Club’s season got off to a fine start on Tuesday night when around 20 boxers and keep-fitters turned up for training at the O’Connell Street gym.

Coach Gareth Walker told the Hawick News: “This was a great first night back and the place was really buzzing. We only have just over six weeks to prepare the lads for the September 18 show in Hawick but the boxers have been ticking over all summer so they’re fairly fit.

“We have some brilliant talent in the gym and we have fighters more than capable of competing at the highest level in Sottish boxing.”

Heavyweight Sean Allison has been training all summer with coach Colin Purvis and is preparing to take on top heavyweight Gary Fairgrieve from East Lothian at the September show.

Allison’s season was cut short last November following an elbow injury and a period of uncertainty over his future followed.

Purvis commented: “Sean is fitter now than he has ever been and has been working hard in the gym and working on a lot of new stuff.

“It’s about fitness and self-belief with Sean and we’re getting somewhere on both fronts. There’s no doubt he’s hugely talented. He just has to believe it.”

Other fighters aiming for the Hawick show include heavyweight farmer Tom Robson who got to the semi-final of last season’s Scottish heavyweight championships; the club’s Scottish light welter champion Jack
Purvis, back after missing the second half of last season due to a hand injury; former eastern district champions Connor Sutherland
and Macauly Walker; and Selkirk pair William Bennett and Jordan Inglis who has been working with coach Alastair Laurie during the summer. The club also has several youngster looking
to make debuts this
season.