Mixed fortunes for Ashington boxers

Ashington ABC travelled to Alnwick Castle in midweek with two junior boxers – Josh Johnstone and Joseph Mullin – competing on behalf of the Hirst Welfare Centre-based club.

The atmosphere was tremendous in the grounds of Alnwick Castle and first up was Johnstone, who has returned recently after a long absence from the ring, up against Michael Jacques from Spennymoor.

The pair had previously met and there was no love lost as they fought a close fight, with Johnstone narrowly losing out on points in what was an excellent bout.

Second up was 15-year-old Mullin in the fifth bout of a short career.

He gave away weight and was facing an opponent with a 100 per cent win record.

But his unbeaten opponent, Thomas Taylor of Grainger Park Club, could not contain Mullin.

Taylor started fast in the first round but Mullin turned things around by taking the fight to Taylor and came up trumps in the second and third rounds with a good display of boxing to come away with the majority win.

Ashington coach Alan Buller said: “Both boxers can be very proud of their performances.

“The hard work that is being put into training has certainly paid off for Joseph whilst Josh has been a shade unlucky in his recent fights.”