Johnstone wins fifth bout in seven

Ashington’s busy junior boxer Josh Johnstone made it five out of seven this season when he saw off Plain Farm’s Conner McCulloch twice in a week at Easington Welfare.

Boxing four two-minute rounds, McCulloch won by a split decision in the first bout with Johnstone claiming revenge in the second.

Ashington ABC coach Alan Buller said: “Both bouts between these two have been entertaining.

“Conner seemed to take the first two rounds then Josh the third going into round four.

“I told Josh he had to knuckle down and win the fourth round to get the result, and he did exactly that with a quality display and a bonus for Josh was that he got the best boxer of the evening.

“Josh is well known in the boxing scene and is a good prospect.

“As things stand at the moment, at one win each for Josh and Conner, a third contest is in the pipeline and is just what the crowd needs.”