Empire boxers perform well in pulsating show

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THE Empire School of Boxing in Blyth held an open tournament at the Comrades Club in Ashington in front of a sell out crowd.

“In these difficult financial times it was nice to see the show sold out in two weeks before the show,” said Les Welsh, head coach at the school.

“It’s a while since we have boxed in Ashington and the reception was fantastic.

“I have received calls at our home from boxing fans saying it’s the best show they have attended in years, which is always nice as there are many good amateur shows to attend.”

The sell out crowd witnessed 12 closely contested matches which had been put together by Margaret Welsh, Empire’s match maker on the night.

Sam (Chelsea) Turnbull, of the Empire school, boxed J Smith, of South Durham, in a thrill-a-minute contest, with Smith getting the nod from the judges in an extremely close bout.

Kieran Bridewood, having his first contest against a determined A Clennell, of Hylton Castle ABC, boxed superbly to beat his more experienced opponent.

Luke Stewart, Empire, boxed well and some thought was a shade unlucky not to get the decision after a fine effort from him and opponent T Wilkinson, of Forest Hall ABC.

Mark Richardson, Empire, boxed beautifully to out-point the dangerous O Okhter, of Rye Hill ABC.

Kyle Rodger, Empire, is another boxer where the final decision could have gone either way. As it happens his opponent M Shergold, of Hampton St ABC, got the nod.

Then Gary Reed, Empire, showed some power punches but opponent M Corbett, of Boldon ABC, was made of stern stuff.

Full credit to Corbett for withstanding some good shots and he was determined to win, however, Reed got the victory.