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SYDNEY - Local boxers had mixed results at a card in Sydney on the weekend, winning three of the six fights that featured Pictou County boxers.
Two Albion Amateur Boxing Club fighters made the trip to Cape Breton; in front of about 400 fans at the Casino in Sydney, Christian MacDonald defeated Myles Haight in a unanimous decision in the 54K class.
"He is doing well, he upped his record to 8-1," said Albion head coach Jim Worthen.
"He boxed with sound fundamentals, and that's what he needs to build on."
Another Albion club fighter, Steve Bates, earned a one-point over Cyrus Taylor. "It was a very close fight, a split decision win for Steve," said Worthen.
"There wasn't much to choose between the two of them."
The Westville Academy of Amateur Boxing had four boxers on the card.
Mike McGrath went at it with Daniel Jessom in a hard-fought battle, with Jessom getting the decision.
'Battling' Bob Harris, the national featherweight champ, totally dominated Ryan McGrady, dropping him for a mandatory eight-count in the first round, and winning a unanimous decision in an entertaining matchup.
"It was a very entertaining three-round bout," said Westville Academy coach Tom Davis.
Next, Charlie Lyons fought a hard-fought bout with bronze medalist Cal Campbell, but lost a unanimous decision.
"The Duke" Dukus Davis lost a decision to Edvin Ghahramanyan, a Russian immigrant who resides in Ontario, and is the reigning national heavyweight champ.
"Duke just didn't have enough in the tank after fighting a bout of intestinal flu early in the week leading up to this bout," Davis said.
"This was the main event bout in the super heavyweight division, with Duke losing a split decision to a very game Ghahramanyan."
The two have a return engagement set at the 3rd annual Harry Trainor Memorial, scheduled for June 28 in Westville.

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