AFTER year’s of uncertainty, Newbiggin Boxing Club has found a new base to train future champions and give youngsters somewhere to go in the town.
In 2008, the original gym behind the derelict Dolphin pub was the subject of an arson attack. A year later, the club was evicted from the same building by a prospective developer.
Since 2009, the club have been based in a squash court at the Newbiggin Leisure Centre, but now they have found a home at the former Apostolic Church on Gibson Street in Newbiggin.
It brings an end to uncertainty for the club that caters for more than 30 young people and it can include more young people.
Local lad and world cricket superstar Steve Harmison did the honours of giving a few words of encouragement before officially opening the club, joined by club staff, boxers, Coun Alan Thompson and local businessmen who have worked tirelessly preparing the building.
Steve also drew names of the two boxers that would christen the sparring ring in the new building. GB and England representative Kieran Robertson was drawn to spar with light heavyweight prospect Lewis Scott who is in training for a TTW title fight in November.
Wansbeck Labour MP Ian Lavery visited the club during training hours to pledge his ongoing support for the club.
Club official Paul Scott said: “We would like to thank, firstly, the Ladhar team that purchased the building following discussions with Newbiggin Boxing Club. Then the many local businessmen, councillors and our MP that have helped to make this possible and have given their full backing to the project.”
n The club were in action last weekend, with Brandon Singer taking on Shildon’s Anthony Stout at Shildon Civic Centre.
Both boxers had a steady fight with neither standing out or really getting started; Stout taking a close points decision.
Jimmy Tyers was in action at Wakefield on Saturday in the pre Quarter final of the CYP championship against Yorkshire. He was drawn against the tough and durable Polish opponent, Ryszard Lewicki.
At the first bell, Lewicki gave his all, but Tyers just kept coming back with more. The second round was the same with Tyers edging the round. The third round saw Tyers take over and break Lewicki’s spirit.
Tyers forced a count with thirty seconds to go, and was unlucky not to hand Lewicki his first stoppage defeat. The next round sees Tyers take on Alex Hatton of Birkenhead at Manchester.
Newbiggin have three boxers travelling to Rotterdam this weekend.
Ben Rees, Jimmy Tyers and Kieran Robertson all travel to the Netherlands to represent Tyne Tees Wear.