Home crowd enjoy Empire School of Boxing show

It has been over ten years since the Blyth Empire School of Boxing had competed in their home town.

But they put that right with a outstanding show at Newsham and New Delaval SC.

The event got under way with three new boxers having skills bouts by Andrew Kennedy, Heath Huntley and Billy Wilson.

Next up was Empire’s Cameron Vuong against L Carey, from Horsley Hill ABC. Both boxers lit up the room with pace and skills which belied their years.

Carey tried every trick he knew to catch Vuong, but the Blyth fighter was on song with stiff punching and beautiful footwork, and after three great rounds the verdict went to Vuong on a unanimous points decision.

Empire head coach Les Welsh said: “You had to be there to witness the bout and to appreciate these two boxers, and boy did the crowd lift the roof. The atmosphere was brilliant.”

Next up was Empire’s Mark Lewis against S Hopper, of North Road ABC, and gain both boxers boxed to a standstill.

At 6ft 4in, Hopper was hard to catch clean, and he boxes out of a southpaw stance, which meant Lewis did well to win on unanimous points.

Local boxer Conner Robinson was next in the ring with SA Asif, from Fit Club ABC, his opponent.

Robinson got off to a slow start and got caught and received a standing eight count, and Asif must of thought he was in for an easy night. But it had the opposite effect.

In the next two rounds Robinson came to life and produced a great effort to take the verdict by a split decision.

Next up was Leon Nicholson against C McMillian, of Millennium Scotland, who is very tall for the weight. The crowd again showed there appreciation and both boxers put on another cracking contest with the verdict going to Nicholson .

Welsh added: “All the coaching team at the Empire School of Boxing are very proud of the boxers’ efforts.”