Mixed fortunes in the ring for young boxers

Jack Purvis, right, and his opponent Reece Cullen, left, are presented with their trophies by former British champion Brodie Robertson.
Jack Purvis, right, and his opponent Reece Cullen, left, are presented with their trophies by former British champion Brodie Robertson.
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Hawick boxer Jack Purvis won a unanimous points decision over Craigmillar’s Reece Cullen last Friday night.

Sixteen-year-old Purvis won the light-welterweight contest on each of the three judges’ scorecards.

However, the fight appeared much closer than the scoring suggested, and in the first, Purvis struggled to come to terms with the Edinburgh fighter’s southpaw lead.

The Craigmillar boxer scored with some cracking left hooks early in a scrappy first round, but Purvis stuck to the task and began to take control halfway through, landing some telling right-hands which drove the Edinburgh boxer onto the ropes.

In the second, Purvis began to build up a lead, dictating a furious pace and putting the Craigmillar fighter under pressure.

The third saw the Hawick fighter taking control and boxing well behind his jab, catching Cullen with some powerful right-hand shots.

Purvis got the nod on all three judges’ scorecards and speaking to the Hawick News this week, his coach Gareth Walker said: “Jack boxed really well. He didn’t stick to the plan in the first round and he struggled to cope with the southpaw lead.

“He got into a bit of a scrap in the first and had a couple of warnings from the referee, but in the second and third he put the lad under a lot of pressure. It was a good performance and another win. We’ve got more work to do in the gym but he’s a tough lad and a great listener and he will come on from this.”

Thirteen-year-old Max Rogerson, one of a trio of young Galashiels brothers who train at the Hawick club, made his debut on the same bill.

He boxed Craigmillar’s Thomas Fowley, who started well and had Rogerson under pressure early in the first but the teenager rarely took a backward step and once he found range with his jab he forced Fowley onto the back foot.

Rounds two and three were close and the split decision which followed was an accurate reflection of the fight.

Coach Walker added: “Max did himself and the club proud. He will come on from this and I expect him to do well.”

Jack Purvis boxes at Stirling on October 3 against the more experienced 18-year-old Glen Brown and also at Falkirk on October 5. He is joined on the Stirling bill by 11-year-old Lex Rogerson. A full report on the club’s Scottish Novice Championship entries will appear in next week’s paper.