Apr 11 2012 by Colin Paterson, Airdrie & Coatbridge
SALSBURGH boxer Paul Burns successfully retained his title at the Scottish junior championships.
The Newarthill Amateur Boxing Club member stormed to glory in the final of the 75kg category at the Ravenscraig Regional Sports Centre.
Burns launched the defence of his crown with a quarter-final contest against Patrick Logan of Edinburgh’s Bronx ABC.
Logan was forced to take a standing eight-count in the last round and it was no surprise to see Burns claim an 11-5 victory on points.
North-West’s Robert McGinney was next up for Burns, who sensationally stopped the 6ft 4in Glaswegian in the second round.
In the final, Burns faced a tough test against Stranraer’s Daniel Purvis, trailing by two points going into the final round.
However, Burns produced a big finish to claw back the deficit and get his gloves on the gold medal thanks to a 7-6 triumph.
Meanwhile, Caldercruix’s David Brophy was forced to settle for a draw in his latest pro fight on Friday night.
At Motherwell’s Dalziel Park Hotel, the 21-year-old middleweight and opponent Lee Noble, from Barnsley, couldn’t be split by referee Kenny Pringle.