Edinburgh’s boxers stormed to a 13-2 victory against Newcastle at a packed-out Usher Hall on Saturday night.
The latest instalment in the ‘Edinburgh v the World’ series produced some first-class boxing Despite the scoreline suggesting a landslide victory, Newcastle put up a much sterner showing than other visiting teams in recent years and perhaps deserved more for their endeavours.
A team of kids were afforded the opportunity to underline their potential in the ring before the main event got under way with victory for Edinburgh’s Jamie Hawkins against Newcastle’s John Campbell who was simply unable to fend off his opponent’s strength and array of shots leading to an easy opening-bout win.
Mikey Hoc was simply majestic as he made his way round the canvas in the next contest, Englishman Scrappy Schindler knocked to the floor in both the second and third rounds in a completely one-sided duel.
However, the first knockout of the night came in the fourth bout when Edinburgh’s Chris Givan forced a stoppage in the fourth round of his fight with Kyle Paterson. Givan produced a masterclass in the third and fourth rounds with Paterson completely flat out.
Edinburgh teenager Jack Watson showed he has a big future with a knockout in the second round of his clash with Newcastle’s Sean Walker to make it 8-0. The 16-year-old’s combination of shots was a real standout in what was a terrific performance.
Newcastle’s first point cam in the ninth bout, Jack Johnstone and Edinburgh’s Kris Falconer unable to be separated by the judges after three rounds.
In the penultimate fight, the home side secured another stoppage in round two as Gary Stevens made short work of Franco Kane before the visitors gained their second point as Alan Ancrum and Chris Atkinson shared the final bout.
Amateur Boxing Association Scotland Promoter Bradley Welsh had anticipated a much sterner challenge from Newcastle however, the team spirt of the Edinburgh side, which remains largely unchanged since the Series inception in 2011, is paying dividends.
Results: Jamie Hawkins (Edinburgh) beat John Campbell (Newcastle); Mikey Hoc (Edinburgh) beat Scrappy Schindler (Newcastle); Sean Elvin (Edinburgh) beat Joe Balboa (Newcastle); Chris Givan (Edinburgh) beat Kyle Paterson (Newcastle); Daniel Gollan (Edinburgh) beat Fergal Allenby (Newcastle); Ross Love (Edinburgh) beat Owen Lyons (Newcastle); Alan Anderson (Edinburgh) beat Kyle Burns (Newcastle); Jack Watson (Edinburgh) beat Sean Walker (Newcastle); Kris Falconer (Edinburgh) v Jack Johnstone (Newcastle) Draw; Dean McCutcheon (Edinburgh) beat James Garwood (Newcastle); Anthony Christopher (Edinburgh) beat Jack Scott (Newcastle); Gary Stevens (Edinburgh) beat Franco Kane (Newcastle); Alan Ancrum (Edinburgh) v Chris Atkinson (Newcastle) Draw