Blyth’s Empire School boxers put on a show

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A packed Seaton Delaval Workingmen’s Club saw a top class bill of boxing involving competitors from the Empire School of Boxing Club in Blyth.

Home club fighter Rueben Stubley took on S Nelson, of Horsey Hill ABC, and both lads served up a good display.

Next up was Empire’s Dean Jones, who boxed J Dodds, from Houghton ABC, and again it was a skilful bout to grace any show.

That was followed by top draw boxers Cameron Vuong against L Carey, South Shields ABC, and after three top class rounds Empire’s Vuong won a points verdict.

Next up was the home club’s Lewis Percival against A Johnson, Boldon ABC, and another great contest saw Percival win on points.

Empire’s Robert Aal, who was having his first contest, was next in the ring against C Morrison, from Middlesbourgh ABC.

After exchanging big shots the pace was picked up by Aal and just before the end of the first round Aal caught Morrison with a peach of a punch which saw the Middlesbrough boxer stopped by referee Dean Hussan.

Next up was crowd pleaser and all round nice guy Mark ‘Mez’ Richardson.

It was Richardson’s first bout in three years, and the opponent was the gritty J Pollock, of Cleator Moor ABC.

Both boxers served up a feast of excitement and the action was first class, and the crowd produced a first class atmosphere with both wanting the win.

After three cracking rounds Richardson got the verdict on a split decision, and he was awarded the best Empire boxer of the night by the judges.

Other bouts boxed on the show saw youth L Anderson, Easington, against L Grapes, District Youth, and it was a good contest between two up and coming boxers which Grapes won when the referee stopped the contest in the second round.

Another cracking contest between J Simpson, South Bank, and K Pegg, Perth Green, saw Simpson take the verdict from the judges, and he also won the best boxer of the night trophy.

P Loan, Cleator Moor ABC, against J Parker, Hartlepool Elite, turned out to be another interesting affair with Loan seeing off his opponent in the second round for a well earned win.

Last but not least was a contest between Dom Hatton, from North Shields SOB, and S McGradey, from Cleator Moor ABC, and this contest swung both ways and a good effort was produced by both with McGradey just edging the verdict.

Empire head coach Les Welsh said: “I was over the moon with our boxers as many are raw novices and their attitudes were spot on and they produced a night to remember.

“A special mention to my coaching team for working so hard this season and to my wife Margaret who matched the show - a big well done and thank you from everyone.”