NEWBIGGIN Boxing Club’s first show of the season went off with a bang last Friday in front of a sell out crowd.
All of the host club’s boxers performed to a first class standard.
Newbiggin’s Billy Sankey and Richy Stafford were both unlucky to lose their contests to tight split decisions.
Meanwhile Kai Hume, Robert Wilson and Ben Young lost fair points decisions to opponents from Kettering and Middlesbrough.
Joe Tyers, Ben Rees, Charlie Burt, Carl McLaughlin, Ryan Davison and Lewis Scott all had comfortable points victories.
Both Brandon Singer and Alex Rayne had the best start to their boxing careers as they delivered second round stoppages and looked good in the process.
Sadly Keiran Robertson was let down at the last minute when his opponent did not turn up.
Scott and Stafford both performed well in preparation for the NACYP championships.
Stafford took on Liam Cahill, of the Phil Thomas Club in Middlesbrough.
Both boxers gave their all and although Stafford dropped a very close points decision, the pair were awarded fight of the night by the officials.
Scott took on 24-year-old James Kilvington, also from the Phil Thomas Club.
Giving away age, weight and height he had it all to do.
He did this from the first bell, and delivered some heavy shots throughout the fight, taking a comfortable points decision and the best Newbiggin boxer award.
More recently Scott and Stafford were in the county rounds of the NACYP championships.
Stafford took on the much more experienced Leon Birley, of Hetton Town.
Despite another quality performance, he was edged out on a 22-24 decision.
Scott was in action in a straight final against old rival Robert Morson.
After the first round, Scott was 5-2 up and getting stronger, and this proved to be the case in the second.
In the third, Scott landed a big left and stunned Morson. He immediately jumped on him, landing some heavy blows to body and head and forced a count.
When the referee let them continue, there was only one outcome. More heavy shots forcing another count and the referee stopped the fight with Morson unable to continue.
This makes Scott area champion and takes him to Wakefield for the quarter-finals on October 22.
This week, both Brandon Singer and Alex Rayne are in action at Hylton Castle on Thursday night.