Boxing club enjoys best season in 25 year history

Newbiggin Boxing Club's Keiran Robertson, a national finalist and England representative.
Newbiggin Boxing Club's Keiran Robertson, a national finalist and England representative.

NEWBIGGIN Boxing Club’s season is almost over in a campaign in which has seen them achieve some very impressive results in the last month, including winning eight out of ten fights in their home show.

The highlight of May was Keiran Robertson being narrowly edged out on points in the Junior ABA National final.

However, his performance still gained him a place for England in the GB Tri nations competition in Liverpool after only seven fights.

The Newbiggin home show was held in front of another sell out crowd at the Newbiggin Sports Centre.

First up was Newbiggin’s Rhys Harmison against last year’s national champion from Shildon, Carl Stout. Harmison never gave Stout a spare second throughout the fight and took a clear points win.

Next was Brandon Singer against the older Anthony Stout, also of Shildon. Singer’s classy movement and powerful punching took him to a well deserved victory.

Jake Thompson was in the driving seat in the first round against Spennymoor’s Elliot Stonehouse but as the fight went on, Stonehouse seemed to find a way to a close points win.

Joe Tyers was next against Sunderland’s John Purdy in a long awaited rematch that Tyers won last time, repeating it again with a clear points win.

Older brother Gary Harmison took part in his first fight against the tall Jack Armstrong of Forest Hall. From the first bell to the last he controlled the fight and took a decisive points win.

Charlie Burt was looking to continue with his excellent first season against Sunderland’s Ryan Bamborough. With plenty of good foot movement and quality straight punching, Burt stormed to a points win.

Ross Fuller made his debut on the show in front of an army of supporters as he took on Sunderland’s Quinn Eccles. Fuller worked solidly for the first two rounds building up a comfortable lead to take the points win.

After a short break it was time for the big guns.

Three times national semi finalist Jimmy Tyers was up against Leeds’ M.C. Lowther. It was a tough affair, however Tyers came on strong and ended the fight on top.

Ben Young was next against North Shields’ Dominic Hattan. Both with equal records and both with one KO win. Young dominated the first round but Hattan seemed to work Young out and came strong in the last round taking the points win.

Finally Richy Stafford against old rival Thomas Brazzel of Shildon. Stafford had stopped Brazzel in their last meeting. Stafford powered forward landing some heavy hooks to the body and head and taking a comfortable points decision.

On June 2, the club travel to Middlesbrough with Ben Rees up against the slightly bigger Joe Winchurch. Winchurch came out swinging in the first, but within ten seconds was on the back foot taking big shots from Rees who eventually forced a count at the end of round one. Winchurch came out for the second with the same idea but was nailed almost immediately and the referee called the fight off.

A week later was the Harton and Westoe show at South Shields. The club travelled there with Rhys Harmison, looking to make it four out of four. He did this in impressive style, stopping his opponent in 45 seconds.

Jimmy Tyers was in action on June 15 at Leeds in a rematch with M.C. Lowther. Tyers was strong and attacked for three rounds but was very unlucky to lose a very close points decision.

The highlight so far this season was on June 16 when Keiran Robertson stepped into the ring in only his eighth fight to represent England in the GB Tri nations competition.

He took on the only man to beat him, Repton’s James Branch. The massively experienced Branch was here for the third time and looking to win his third tri-nations title.

Robertson started strong and looked to be in control, but Branch’s experience got him ahead and he ended up a 15-10 winner.

Unlucky for Robertson, with the England coaching staff telling his club coaches that they were very impressed with Robertson’s performance and his professional attitude and that they would be definitely working with him again.

The club’s 25th season has been their best by far, winning 64 fights from 96 so far, including National quarters, semis and finals.

A club spokesman said: “The boxers have been a credit to the coaching team which has also grown considerably this season.

“From such a small area, to have one National Champion and one finalist, both representing England and a record for the season like this, is testament to what we are doing behind the closed doors of Newbiggin Boxing Club.

“Fingers crossed we may have one more highlight when Kai represents England, but he’s there and that’s what counts.”