Dec 21 2011 by Johnathon Menzies, Stirling Observer Wednesday
BOXERS from across the country descended on Bannockburn for the Chris Thomson Memorial Tournament.
The contest, named after a local fighter who died a few years ago, was hosted by Hillpark ABC at the local Miners’ Welfare social club.
JD McDonald saw off Granite City’s Alexander Stewart in the opener.
Local juniors Jack Stevenson and Leighton McKenzie outpaced their opponents to notch a win each.
The final bout saw Hillpark’s Garry Hamilton, the Scottish intermediate welterweight title holder, face Aidan Donnelly of Lochaber Phoenix. Garry was given the nod by the judges following a close encounter.
Nicholas Ford lost on points to Alloa’s Robbie Jack and a bloodied Joe Kirk fought valiantly but ultimately lost on points to Granite City’s George Stewart.
The tournament also saw wins from James Aitchison of Lochaber Phoenix, Amire Nezhad of Granite City, Katie Atkin of Meadowbank, Liam Jordan and heavyweight David Fess of Alloa.
The Thomson Memorial Cup was given to Leighton McKenzie for an outstanding performance and the prize for best visiting fighter went to Meadowbank’s Katie Atkin.
The trophies were presented by Chris Thomson’s brother James and his son Sean.
Hillpark chairman Alan Greer said: “While we would always like to win, it is great to see other clubs’ boxers progress. No boxer likes an easy win. They want the challenge and they want to compete against the best.
“We are already planning our next show in April 2012. We will have some great bouts in that show too.”