NEWBIGGIN Boxing Club’s 25th season concluded with one of its members winning a first ever gold for England.
Kai Hume travelled to Pontypridd in South Wales to represent England in the three nations competition against Scotland and host country.
Hume, over the last four weeks had prepared for the competition like a world champion, and no one was going to stand in his way.
And to boost his determination, on arrival at the venue he was appointed team captain for the class one group.
The Scottish representative pulled out before the draw for reasons unknown, but the two Welsh boxers remained in the mix.
Hume was drawn to box in the semi on Friday against Wales’ K Owen.
From the first bell Hume took control and as usual kept himself safe and landed quality shots to force a count half way through the second.
At the start of the third Hume let rip with a thundering combination to the body and head, forcing the referee to stop the fight with the score 10-1.
Saturday saw finals day with the captains, coaches and managers in the ring with their representative flags for the national anthems.
Hume entered the ring for the 12th bout against Wales’ R Williams.
From the opening bell it was evident that nothing was stopping him from bringing home gold as he backed his opponent on to the ropes at the end of the first round to force a count.
Williams survived the distance but Hume won the gold medal with a score of 28-3.
Through all of Newbiggin’s success stories over the years, this is the first three nations title and first British champion.
Hume will now take a well deserved rest before embarking on a trip to Ireland at the end of September for England.
If all goes well, Kai should be representing the GB team in Russia for the European championships in November.
The club are holding their annual awards night on Friday, July 27, at the Anglers Arms, Sheep-wash.