NEWBIGGIN Boxing Club had another sell out crowd last week at their opening show of the season at the sports centre.
Out of the 11 fights on the bill, the club won seven with the four defeats being close.
Opening the show was Newbiggin’s Billy Sankey against Michael Porter, of Nuneaton.
Sankey started in fine form, landing quality combinations to force a standing count at the end of the first, which signalled the beginning of the end.
At the start of the second, Sankey landed another quality combination, forcing another count and leaving the referee no option but to halt the fight.
He now faces Ireland’s Francis McDonagh at Gateshead Stadium on September 22 in a Tyne Tees Wear v Ireland competition.
Newbiggin’s Charlie Burt was next up against Sunderland’s Ryan Bamburgh. They had won one each from their previous two meetings.
Burt stood tall and used the ring well, scoring with accurate, straight shots; gaining him a deserved points victory.
Rhys Harmison was up against Nuneaton’s tough Peter Dunne. The fight was a scrappy affair with Dunne being warned twice for holding.
However, Harmison was unlucky to suffer his first defeat, a close points loss. He will also represent Tyne Tees Wear next week against Ireland.
Newbiggin’s Brandon Singer took on Hartlepool’s capable Harry Wise in a fight that started fast with both fighters showing some quality boxing skills, and it was close at the end of the first round.
The second round was a different story, with Singer opening proceedings with a devastating left hook and two hooks to the body, completely changing the direction of the fight as he dominated until the end to take a comfortable points win.
Great Britain three nations gold medallist Kai Hume was up next against Nuneaton’s J Dunne with the latter taking it on the closest points decision after a scrappy fight.
Newbiggin’s Jimmy Tyers was up against Brambles’ Farm fighter Jamal Weaver.
The fight started off tight, but Tyers’s determination and experience soon took over and gained him a comfortable points win.
Newbiggin favourite Jake Longstaff had his first outing as he took on North Shields’ Billy Grieveson. Non stop pressure and some smoking right hands, gave Longstaff a clear points win.
Ross Fuller entered the ring next, and his following nearly blew the roof off the hall.
He boxed the slightly more experienced Dan Fryett, forcing the fight against a decent opponent and looked like he had done enough, but was unlucky to be on the wrong side of a points decision.
Newbiggin favourite and GB three nation silver medallist Kieran Robertson made his home debut and was out to impress his home fans as took on Nuneaton’s Elliot Palmer.
Palmer started confidently and tried to force the fight but was soon denied the opportunity when Robertson opened up with some devastating shots. From here he took control and stormed to a points win.
After the break, the crowd saw the return to the ring of Newbiggin’s Mick Whitworth as he fought Phil Thomas’ Gary Kemp.
Kemp came in heavy but this did not affect Whitworth as he landed some quality shots and collected a points victory.
The top of the bill saw the return of former schoolboy champion John Muldoon. He took on Sunderland’s experienced Steve Pattison.
After three tight rounds, Muldoon was unlucky to drop a close points decision.
The season is only two weeks in and Newbiggin have now had 15 fights and won ten, a massive achievement so early in the season.
The club thanked all those that turned out to support Newbiggin’s boxers, and also Pringle Building Services, MK Electrics, Ian Lavery MP, the ESH group, Northern Structures and O’Connor cleaning services for their support.
The next show at Newbiggin will be a Tyne Tees Wear Belt show on October 12.