The Empire School of Boxing in Blyth pulled out all the stops to produce a first class evening of amateur boxing in front of a sell out crowd in |Seaton Delaval.
The night started with a few disappointments for the home club,
Junior Dean Jones and seniors David Carlisle and Anthony Lennie did not box as opponents failed to show.
“I felt for the lads who did not box as they had worked hard to box on their home show,” said Les Welsh, head coach at Empire.
“And like the great lads they are they put their disappointments to one side and supported their team-mates.
“The boxing was fast and gritty with boxers trying to pull out all the stops and the crowd loved it.
“I have said this before but I have yet to attend a show where the crowd is so loud and yet so well behaved.
“Our crowd are simply the best.”
Cameron Vuong and Steven Richardson could count themselves unlucky to be on the wrong end of tight decisions as both boxed exceptionally.
Lewis Percival boxed brilliantly to out-point the hi gritty opponent from Houghton and District, K Wakefield.
Next up saw Robert Aal against A Rayson from Swalwell ABC. Both novice boxers showed grit and determination to put on a fine hard hitting contest, but it was Empire’s Aal who took the decision.
Next up was Lewis ‘Kid’ Curry against well schooled Ash Hamilton from Lampton Street, Sunderland.
Both set each other puzzles to work out, and some hard punching was exchanged as Hamilton started fast and forceful, but the cooler boxing of Curry caught the judges’ eyes in the fist round.
Curry began to have more success in the second round, especially with the right hand, and he shook his opponent a couple of times, but the challenger had come to win and with Tony Austin in his corner he tried his best.
However, Empire’s Curry could not and would not be denied, and after a powerful contest the audience showed their appreciation as Curry won it.
The final bout saw Mark Richardson against a late opponent from Redcar, T Hill.
Crowd favourite Richardson worked his socks off but it was to no avail as the well-schooled and more than capable Hill won in the second round after a couple of decent right hands had landed flush on Richardson and corner man Welsh pulled his charge out.
Welsh said: “Mark would fight a lion and a tiger together but it’s my job to make sure he is safe and by retiring him at the right time I ensured this.
“Mark is our team captain as he epitomises everything great about the game, he is a wonderful example to every one of our boxers, he is everything a club captain should be, but on this occasion he met a better man on the night in Hill.
“I know he will be at his best very soon again as everyone knows you cannot keep a good man down.”