Oct 26 2011 by Colin Paterson, Airdrie & Coatbridge
THE Barn Boxing Club picked up two gold medals and four silver after another successful day at the novice championships at Meadowbank Stadium.
Rab Bannan’s highly-talented squad travelled east looking to return home with a clutch of gongs – and the Monklands lads did not disappoint their coaches.
Rising star Bobby Morrell and Craig Woodhead certainly did the business in their respective divisions as they emerged dripping in gold.
Morrell, who made it four wins out of four, stopped Glasgow North West’s Doban Kamil in third round.
He’d already dropped his opponent twice before the referee stepped in to call a halt to this light-welterweight clash.
In the 44kg category, Woodhead worked hard and secured a points verdict over Barrhead’s Sohaib Mohammed.
Barn members Dylan Hutton, Ian Buchanan, Brian McGuinness and Thomas Dallimore all claimed silver medals at the prestigious event.
Lucas Jones, fighting in the 54kg category, was awarded a walkover after his opponent called off.
Meanwhile, two members of the Airdrie’s Four Isles Boxing Club were in ring action at Alloa Town Hall.
Elliott O’Donnell was first through the ropes as he took on Kelty’s Paul Greenhorn but got off to a slow start.
However, the Airdrie boxer upped the tempo in the second round and was in terrific form in the third, boxing the Fifer around the ring.
However, O’Donnell lost on a majority points decision, a verdict which didn’t go down well with the surprised Alloa crowd who believed he had done enough to get the verdict.
Welterweight Paddy McGowan faced hometown fighter Kris Whyte and was determined to take the contest out of the judges’ hands.
From the first bell, McGowan caught Whyte repeatedly with some double right-hands to the head and heavy left hooks to the body.
The Alloa boxer was in big trouble with Whyte maintaining pressure for the full three rounds of the contest.
McGowan had to rely on the scorecards but there would be no shock as he ran out a unanimous winner.
*COATBRIDGE’S Craig Windsor jnr, fights for the British Masters middleweight title on Friday night.
The 28-year-old is confident of taking care of Halesowen’s Kevin McCauley at the Hilton Hotel in Glasgow.