Empire boxers excel in competition ring

FIGHTERS from the Empire School of Boxing in Blyth have been on their travels with contests in Liverpool, Carlisle and Stanley, County Durham.

First up was Sam Turnbull, who was boxing in the pre-quarter-finals of the National School Boys final in Liverpool, where he boxed S Samra from Birkenhead Venture.

The result did not reflect the contest with Turnbull adjudged to be the runner-up.

Then the Empire School of Boxing travelled to Carlisle where two members, Kyle Rodgers (Empire SOB) and N Dadabha (Gloves ABC) fought.

This turned out to be a skilful bout and the crowd really enjoyed the contest.

Both boxed well with Rodgers getting the decision on points.

Rodgers’ team-mate Mark Richardson boxed another Gloves ABC fighter in M Duffy. Again this was a fantastic bout with both pulling out all the stops.

After three pulsating rounds the noise from the crowd in the Shepherds Inn was ear splitting as Duffy edged a majority decision 10-9, 10-9, 9-10.

At Stanley WMC in County Durham, Sam Turnbull was back on the bill as he faced L Graham, from Shildon ABC.

This was another cracking contest.

It was the first contest of the night and was a great start to a good show.

Turnbull, the shorter of the two competitors by six inches, boxed beautifully to take a majority decision from a game opponent.

Mark Richardson boxed on the same bill against home club fighter, Consett’s J Booth.

The unbeaten Booth worked well behind a good jab, however, the two fisted attacks from Richardson proved to be eye catching.

Richardson caught his opponent on the ropes in the second round and a pulverising body punch ended the contest in his favour.

Empire head coach Les Welsh said: “We represented our club and town well.

“We have a home show on March 17 at Ashington Comrades Club.

“We have to box in Ashington as there are not a lot of venues in Blyth and we have been asked to pay high prices for the venues that do exist.

“Our boxers are all looking forward to a fantastic night’s boxing and are all in training to provide an excellent night’s entertainment.”

Tickets for the show are on sale now from the Empire School of Boxing, St Cuthbert’s Hall, Cowpen Road, from any of the boxers, or Les and Margaret Welsh on (01670) 366523.