Fight night in the Pavilion


I was recently invited along by Beath Boxing Coach Jon-Paul Hynd to his club’s amateur boxing show in The Glen Pavilion. 

In exchange for a lovely three course meal and a ring side seat I agreed to take some photos for him. I must say it turned out to be a fantastically entertaining night and the talent on show was very impressive indeed.

As well as the skill on show I was also impressed by the sportsmanship that was evident throughout the whole meeting. Whilst there was obviously a lot of disappointment evident in the room (no one ever likes to lose after all) every single competitor showed good grace in victory and in defeat.

Boxing comes in for a lot of criticism at times but there’s no doubting the benefits that can be derived for youngsters participating in the noble arts.

Not every kid will end up being a champ of course but there was some real talent on show on the night. I was very impressed by Niamh Mitchell from Valleyfield Miners Amateurs Boxing Club for example.

Unfortunately, Niamh lost narrowly on the night, but her opponent was a champion boxer from northern England fighting two weights above. Niamh’s coach James White says that it is difficult to find her competitive opponents up here in Scotland where she is national champion. I’d say she’s one to watch in future.

Beath Boxing had a number of very impressive boxers on show. Niall Kelly is the current Scottish Novice light welterweight champion. Undefeated in his 7 fights so far. Conor Hynd is boxing this Saturday in the semi final of The Scottish Elite Championships in the bantamweight division and is currently being assessed for the Scotland team. Good luck Conor.

Other talent on show that impressed from Beath were Robbie Neilson, Michael Allen, Cayden Izatt, Blake Drummond and Jamie Mackie.

And, with Valleyfield’s Ryan Hanley retaining his Scottish title last weekend it is safe to say that West Fife boxing is in a good place.




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