Nov 1 2012 by Andrew McGilvray, Hamilton Advertiser
Fighters from Forsyth’s Amateur Boxing Club in Hamilton returned with two gold and a silver medal from the Scottish Novice Championships at Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility.
On the weekend of October 20 and 21, Ryan Hardy won gold in 60kg, and the following weekend, October 27 and 28, Euan Simmons won silver in the 40kg category, before Adelle Craw was crowned champion at 60/63kg level.
Iain Daly, in the senior 64kg category, was first up on October 20 and won a points decision against Midlothian boxer Daryl Gray, progressing to fight Kevin Cargill from Dundee, with an 8-4 decision seeing him step into the quarter-finals.
Iain sustained a rib injury in the fight which hampered his progress the following day against Luca Pontone from Stranraer, who won on points.
Also on Sunday, super heavyweight Alan Simpson was in action in the 91kg category, winning a points decision against Clovenstone pugilist Michael Allan in his first fight, but a broken nose prevented him from getting past eventual silver medallist Stephen Jamieson from Paisley.
On the same Sunday schoolboy Euan Simmons grabbed a majority decision against an opponent from Lochee Boys’ Club in Dundee, progressing through to the final.
Ryan Hardy competed at youth 60kg level, taking an 8-4 points decision against Arron Crayton from Springhill. He then faced Robert Allan from Perth in the final, putting in his best performance to date in the third round to win 11-7, making him Scottish Novice champion and maintaining his record of seven straight wins.
Simmons then resumed his battle on October 27 at 40kg level, but lost to Cleland ABC’s Ben Carrol on points and took silver.
Adelle Craw was next up and put in the most impressive performance to beat Robyn Swan from 1314 ABC on a 78-73 countback, having given her opponent a standing eight count.
Coach Stephen Forsyth said: “Everyone at the club has worked so hard for this, the level of dedication was amazing, and I could not be more proud of them all.”