Following the completion of a very successful series of 2012/2013 Championship events, we are pleased to bring you the confirmed dates of the ABS 2013/2014 season championships dates which will be as follows:
19&20, 26&27 October 2013 – ABS Novice Championships to be held at Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility, Motherwell
25&26 January 2014 – ABS Intermediate Championships to be held at Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility, Motherwell
22&23 February 2014 – ABS Open Championships Prelims to be held at Meadowbank Sports Centre, Edinburgh
1 March 2014 – ABS Open Championships Semi Finals to be held in Dundee – Venue TBC
14 March 2014 – ABS Youth Finals to be held in Meadowbank Sports Centre, Edinburgh
22&23 March 2014 – ABS Schoolboy/girl and Junior Championships to be held in Ravenscraig Regional Sports Centre, Motherwell
28 March 2014 – ABS Finals to be held in Glasgow – Venue TBC.
56kg: Joe Ham SCOTLAND v David Cufaj BOSNIA & HERZEGOVIA
With the stoppage win under his belt from the semi-finals, Joe went into the final confident of causing an upset in front of his opponent’s home crowd.The Scotsman immediately took control of the contest, building up his attacks from mid-range then unleashing 2 & 3 phase attacks at close range.Constantly creating angles by pivoting around the front foot, the Scotsman had the measure of the Bosnian in every department.After forcing a standing count at the start of the second round, Joe immediately jumped on his opponent on the count of 8, and after another barrage of bent arm shots to head and body the referee stopped the contest in favour of Joe – another great show of ring craft and strength from Joe to secure Scotland’s first Gold in the competition.
60kg: Ismet Zeric BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA v Charlie Flynn SCOTLAND
Charlie Flynn was up next to face another local boxer, and once again dominated proceedings from the opening bell.With his opponent corner clearing witnessing Charlie’s solid performance in the semi-final, the Bosnian boxer looked to spoil and break Charlie’s rhythm from the outset. As the round matured however, Charlie matched the spoiling tactics with blistering attacks with both hands, forcing Zeric off balance with a powerful jab then following up with accurate bent arm punching from mid-range.Charlie showed great composure so as to not be disrupted by the holding on and smothering being adopted by the local boxer, using sound pattern of movement as the round matured to control the range and allow space to administer the leverage in his punches.There was no doubting the winner at the end of the contest, with Charlie securing a well-deserved gold in the heated battle.(The contest was awarded best dual of the final at the closing ceremony).
64kg: Tadej Mernik SLOVAKIA v Lewis Benson SCOTLAND
Team Scotland were now clearly the team to beat in the competition, and it became very apparent the opposition were being instructed to unsettle the Scottish boxers at every opportunity.Lewis started his final by stamping his authority at long range, halting his Slovakian opponent’s attempts to close the gap with a piercing lead hand to the head.For the majority of the first round, single accurate punches were proving effective enough for Lewis to keep the momentum, however as the contest matured the opposition looked at nullifying the Scottish attacks once again using the ‘smack and smother’ tactic, wanting to get into a clinch when they had thrown their first attack.However, showing great adaptability, Lewis kept his grip on the bout by circling around his opponent to the blind side then pouncing with stinging straight punches.Once again the pattern of movement and ring craft proved too tricky for the opposition, with Lewis collecting Team Scotland’s third Gold medal with a well-rounded performance during a tricky contest.
75kg: Nabah Ahmad QATAR v Kieran Smith SCOTLAND
Having dispatched of his experienced opponent in the semi-final, Kieran faced the short powerhouse Ahmad in his 75kg final.The Scotsman immediately stamped his authority on the bout, drifting in and out of range to make his opponent miss then counter with his trademark whipping punches.After assessing the slick movement and accuracy of the Scotsman, once again the opposition looked to disrupt and aggravate the momentum gained by Kieran.However, the Scottish boxer adjusted accordingly, controlling the contest with sound lateral movement in order to create space for effective punching at long range.Dominating the centre of the ring, mixed with setting traps to draw his opponent in and counter with the rear-hand, Kieran out foxed the aggressive Ahmad whilst landing stinging long uppercuts to the mid-rift of his opponent.Measuring with the jab, then whipping the rear hand to head and torso, Kieran finished the contest in control and kept a cool head against his rough and ready opponent – well done Kieran, notching up a fourth Gold for Scotland.
81kg: Plantic Damir CROATIA v Scott Forrest SCOTLAND
Last up for Team Scotland in the finals was Scott, who was arguably facing one of the most stylist boxers in the tournament.The Croatian showed his slick movement from the opening bell, making it extremely difficult for Scott to find his range during the majority of the first round. Going into the second round, Scott knew he had to apply sustained attacks and cut the ring off to contain the wily Damir, and immediately found success by launching attacks as his opponent backed up to the ropes.Scott showed his dogged determination stalking his opponent around the ring, pouncing on the Croatian as soon as he stopped to set his countering position.Tirelessly pursuing his opponent from corner to corner, Scott tried to continuously keep his front foot in range so as to deliver punchers at every opportunity. Unfortunately however, the Croatian kept the effectiveness of his slick counterpunching despite the onslaughts he received, and was just that bit slicker on the day, which was proved by the result being given to the Croatian on the completion of the contest – nevertheless, a good effort by Scott.
With a grand total of 4 Gold, 1 Silver and 1 Bronze, the Hakija tournament has proved to be a great success for Team Scotland, finishing top of the medal table in the multi-nation tournament.
Team Scotland now moves onto a training camp in Serbia, in preparation for the upcoming Senior European championships to be held in Belarus at the end of the month.
Day 1 of the Hakija tournament in Bosnia took place on Saturday 18th May 2013, with 6 boxers representing Team Scotland in the multi-nation tournament.The action from the first day was as follows:
56kg: Joe Ham SCOTLAND v Jomah Arabi QATAR
The bout started fairly even, with both boxers attempting to penetrate their opponents guard with close to mid-range punching.However, as the round reached the halfway stage Joe delivered a venomous body punch underneath the guard of Arabi, with the referee having no choice but to deliver a standing count.Joe pounced on his opponent as soon as the count finished, and after unleashing several sustained attacks the referee had no choice but to stop the bout in favour of the Scotsman – well done Joe, giving a great start to Team Scotland.
60kg: Aleksov Martin MACEDONIA v Charlie Flynn SCOTLAND
Next up was Charlie Flynn, who dominated proceedings from the opening bell.With his opponent choosing to box on the back foot, Charlie applied solid front foot pressure in order to keep his retreating opponent in range.Stringing together very effective combination punching to head and body, Charlie maintained the momentum throughout the contest.With a solid display of educated pressure and slick footwork, there was no doubting the winner of this contest on the final bell – a very good performance by Charlie.
75kg: Fatlum Zhuta MACEDONIA v Kieran Smith SCOTLAND
Kieran faced the experienced Zhuta in this middleweight contest, with the Macedonian having previously competed at World Championship level.From the opening bell, Zhuta looked to nullify the Scotsman’s reach advantage, throwing his punches first then following with the feet to close down the boxing range.However, Kieran persisted to break away from the clinches and make room for his punches, undoubtedly looking the more positive in the ring.However, in the third and final round, Kieran went up a level and dominated his opponent until the final bell.Slick feet coupled with whipping punches at long range, once the Scotsman got into his rhythm there could only be one winner – well done Kieran.
91kg: Dilan Prasovic MONTENGRO v Stephen Lavelle SCOTLAND
Last up for Team Scotland was Stephen Lavelle, in the final bout of the day.With excellent timing and accuracy from the off, Stephen dominated his opponent for the first 2 rounds.Utilising feints and dummies in preparation of his attacks, the Scotsman simply could not miss with both hands, and was providing a master class in punch selection and phasing the attack.In the third and final round, the Montenegrin started to throw wild punches in desperation, reinforcing the presumed lead Stephen had mustered from the first 2 rounds.Showing sound composure, Stephen nullified the wild attacks and immediately swung the momentum back in his favour.On the sounding of the final bell, it looked like Team Scotland had carried out a clean sweep with Stephen’s solid performance; remarkably however the decision went to the boxer from Montenegro – extremely unlucky for Stephen, an excellent performance nevertheless.
With Team Scotland’s Lewis Benson and Scott Forrest receiving byes on Day 1, no fewer than 5 Scottish boxers have progressed through to the finals, scheduled to commence on Sunday 19th May 2013 at 12pm local time (GMT +1hr), with the final session being made up as follows for the Scottish boxers:
56kg: Joe Ham SCOTLAND v David Cufaj BONSIA
60kg: Ismet Zeric BOSNIA v Charlie Flynn SCOTLAND
64kg: Tadej Mernik SLOVENIA v Lewis Benson SCOTLAND
75kg: Nabah Ahmad QATAR v Kieran Smith SCOTLAND
81kg: Plantic Damir CROATIA v Scott Forrest SCOTLAND
Since the launch of its club Minimum Operating Requirements (MORs) in January 2013, We are delighted to announce that after collating all the MORs paperwork, 81 member clubs have now worked exceptionally hard to achieve these.
The list of clubs who now meet the minimum ABS MOR’s score are listed below;
ABS MOR’s list
The Edinburgh Boxing Academy
University of St. Andrew’s
Fair City ABC
Highland Boxing Academy
North West – new premises
Port Glasgow Victoria
The final deadline for clubs to return all their MORs paperwork passed on Tuesday 30th April 2013. Our Club Development Officer has now received 99 MORs checklists from our 112 affiliated clubs. Only 81 of the 99 have provided sufficient evidence to verify their MOR’s scores.
A key aim for ABS was to establish a clear measurable set of Minimum Operating Requirements (MORs) for amateur boxing clubs in Scotland. The MORs focus on four key areas which are club constitution, club facilities, club personnel and club procedural matters. These are areas which, if ABS MORs are met, will make for safe, strong and sustainable clubs which are the very foundation of boxing in Scotland.
ABS would like to offer its congratulations to the clubs mentioned above that have achieved the MORs.