Empire’s Nicholson and Voung both win bouts in Cumbria

After the announcement of his latest opponents pullout, Empire School of Boxing’s Leon Nicholson did not sit around and feel sorry for himself.

He was soon on the club’s minibus heading to fight in Maryport, Cumbria, on Saturday.

“Leon is used to opponents pulling out,” said Les welsh, head coach at the Blyth club.

“All of our boxers are taught how to deal with disappointment and bounce back.”

Boxing on the bill in Maryport was Cameron Voung, who fought L Hand, a highly rated boxer from Carlisle Villa ABC.

Both set a fantastic pace and some beautiful boxing was appreciated by the sell out crowd.

After round one Voung set the pace with speed and power which his opponent was unable to follow, then in round two a powerful combination produced a standing count.

With round three much the same as round two, Voung produced some eye-catching boxing and the result was a unanimous points win.

Next up was Nicholson against Scottish champion J McMillan, who also struggles to get a match in his native Scotland.

Welsh said: “When I saw the size of the Scot I checked his weight again as at six foot he is extremely tall at the weight.

“The bout was a great contest with both boxers wanting to win and it was evident why both were hard to match.”

The first round saw Nicholson land powerful shots which drew gasps from the crowd, and although both boxed well, the Empire fighter dominating the contest throughout.

The verdict was a well received unanimous points decision in favour of Nicholson.

“I explained to both boxers that they both performed well above their experience today, and in Leon’s case that was the perfect way to bounce back from the disappointment of Josh Johnson of Ashington ABC’s withdrawal,” added Welsh.