Newbiggin trio help region to win over Irish

NEWBIGGIN’S boxers were in action last Saturday at the Gateshead International Stadium.

Billy Sankey, Rhys Harmison and Ben Rees were representing the Tyne Tees Wear against Ireland.

Ben Rees was in action first. His Irish opponent failed the weight earlier in the week so a replacement, Jordan Battel, was brought in from Bolton Gloves ABC.

Rees kept his stocky, powerful opponent at range, and controlled the first two rounds, dominating the fight until the end, taking a comfortable points decision and collecting the Pride of the North belt for his efforts.

Billy Sankey took on the very confident and capable Irishman, Francis McDonagh. Another three round, classic display of boxing gave Sankey a clear points victory.

Rhys Harmison was looking for a big win against Ireland’s Cameron Fox, following a close points defeat at Newbiggin the week previous.

The tall, Fox did everything he could to keep Harmison back, but constant pressure and combination punching proved too much giving Harmison a clear points win.

The three boxers were a pleasure to watch as they represented the Tyne Tees Wear and all three stormed to clear victories.

The bar is constantly being raised at Newbiggin by both the boxers and coaches, and the results are showing.

Rees has won two out of two this season, taking his record to ten wins from 11 fights with four stoppages.

Sankey has also won two out of two since September 1. His record now stands at ten fights with seven wins, without a loss since January and wins over both the Irish Champion and the English National schoolboy Champion.

Harmison’s record is now extended to five wins out of six with one stoppage.