Dickie rolls with the punches

James Dickie
James Dickie

A GLENROTHES boxer has added yet another winner’s award to his ever increasing trophy collection.

James Dickie travelled to Motherwell to meet local favourite, Danny Cooper from the Clelland club, in a three round contest at 64 kilogrammes.

Boxing for Kirkcaldy’s Kingdom Club, the 16 year-old wasted no time on preliminary sparring and the partisan crowd, who were loudly backing Cooper, were almost silenced as Dickie took command from the first bell.

Three rapid left jabs followed by a right cross saw the Glenrothes High School pupil score the first points and place Cooper, a big hitter, on the back foot.

Throughout the round, Cooper had no answer to the Dickie’s speed and agility and was increasingly frustrated.

In the second, Cooperworked harder and caught Dickie with two thumping right-handers which rocked the local boy.

However, he weathered the storm to come back strongly at the end of the session.

The final round was a re-run of the first with Dickie now taking the contest to Cooper and continually harassing him with the snake-like jab.

At the final bell Dickie was judged a clear winner and the crowd offered a prolonged ovation to both boxers on an exciting contest.

In his previous contest, Dickie lost a very close decision in the Scottish Youth Championships Final by a single point on computer countback after the bout was judged a draw.

The opponent who outpointed him, Mark Parvin, won the British title, so it shows how close Dickie is to the top and how a single point can make such a huge difference to a boxer’s career.

However, having already won four Scottish titles at various age groups and a British finalists’ silver medal, he has a long and promising career ahead of him.