Bo’ness boxer edged out in close contest

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1314 ABC of Stirling travelled to Greenock to support their Bo’ness-based light heavyweight prospect Jamie Williams who has spent the last nine months serving his country in Afghanistan.

Jamie, the 2010 Scottish Novice Light Heavyweight Champion is a real inspiration to all the team.

It is only six weeks since he returned from Afghanistan and he trained extremely hard to get in shape for his bout.

Due to Jamie’s previous performances and the fact that he was undefeated, he was matched against the experienced, big punching Dean Marner from the Larkfield ABC in Greenock.

This eagerly awaited bout was top of the bill in a contest fought over the championship distance of three three-minute rounds.

Both fighters didn’t disappoint in a brilliant contest fit to top any promotion.

Jamie started tremendously well, boxing to his coaches’ instructions by throwing light combinations in an attempt to build up a points advantage and preserve energy. Jamie’s tactics worked well and he was ahead after the first round.

Round two followed the same pattern but Dean’s greater experience began to tell in the last as he put Jamie on the back foot and appeared to have him under real pressure in the final round.

Just as Jamie looked to be tiring and under pressure in the last minute of the contest he showed his strength of character by gritting his teeth and firing back at Dean which had the Greenock lad against the ropes and the crowd roaring with excitement.

At the final bell both lads embraced and were exhausted but knew they’d served up a real treat for the people in attendance.

So on to the verdict which was announced as a 9-9 equal score but as draws are not permitted in amateur boxing it went to the judges to give their verdict and Dean got his hand raised in victory much to the home crowd’s delight.