Newbiggin Boxing Club held its final show of the season at the sports centre in front of a sell out crowd, with the home boxers giving an outstanding display of skill and fitness.
P J Holmes was first into the ring for Newbiggin. At only ten-years-old, he took part in a skills bout against Manchester’s Steven Connor. He gave a cracking display of boxing in his very first outing.
Jay Harkins had his debut against Redcar’s L Sayers. Following a tight first round, Jay took control, giving him a clear points victory.
Bradley Sim lost a close points decision.
Billy Sankey was next up against late replacement, Keiran Lindsay of Spennymoor. He took charge of the fight from the first bell with some slick moving and good hand speed. He took a well deserved points victory.
Jordan Rowley was in action next in a rematch with Plains Farm boxer, Jaxon Laws. A tight first round and then two comfortable rounds saw Jordan take a clear points win.
The most anticipated fight of the night was Ben Rees against the very capable top four fighter, Connor Ward of Manchester. Ward was straight to work looking to land big bombs from the start. Ben was having none of it and controlled the fight by making Ward miss and punishing Ward to the head and body. Ward looked in trouble at times but hung on to the end. Rees took a wide points victory, and the fight was awarded fight of the night.
Charlie Burt took on old rival James Tyers of Bishop Auckland. Charlie dictated from the first bell to the last and took a clear points decision. He also scooped best Newbiggin boxer.
Brandon Singer, Gary Harmison and Jake Longstaff were all on the wrong end of points decisions.
After the break, Robert Wilson was in action looking to make it three wins out of three since his return to the club in October. He did just that against Leam Lane’s Paul Dickinson with a clear points win.
Top of the bill was crowd favourite, Ross Fuller. He was in a rematch against Redcar’s Aaron Ortiz. After setting the crowd alight with his ring entrance, he took control of the fight and battled his way to a clear points win.
Every boxer performed to a high standard, although some didn’t take the decisions, but the boxers that won, did so in style.
Next for Newbiggin in the last event of the 2012 / 2013 season is a trip to Manchester with Rhys Harmison and possibly Ben Rees.