Fight night packs a punch

Johny Fenwick
Johny Fenwick

AN action-packed showcase of boxing proved a hit with fight fans.

Spectators turned out in force to see talented boxers from around the region and Scotland do battle in the ring at Alnwick’s Willowburn Sports and Leisure Centre on Friday night.

Kevin Elliot

Kevin Elliot

The noisy and energetic crowd were treated to a packed bill, as North Northumberland Amateur Boxing Club’s (NNABC) annual festive fight night once again packed a punch.

And supporters of the home club, which is based in Hadston, were not left disappointed, as a string of NNABC representatives tasted victory.

In the Junior section, Micky Nixon, from Hadston, beat Steven Burr of Perth Green.

There was also a winning start for youngster Jonny Fenwick, who was battling it out in his first fight.

Micky Nixon

Micky Nixon

Despite making his debut, the Hadston lad did not get overawed by the experience and beat Shaun Quinn of Washington in the Junior contest.

Success for the host club did not stop there though, with fighter Kevin Elliott, who lives in Alnwick, defeating Naqibulla Nasrullah of Bilton Hall in a Senior bout.

There was also glory for Cyrus Pattinson.

The Alnwick teenager, who fights for Ryehill ABC which is based at Newcastle College, impressed in front of his home-town crowd, beating Liam Duke of Bilton Hall in a Senior bout.

It didn’t all go NNABC’s way though, with other club representatives tasting defeat on the night.

Junior Josh Milburn, who lives in Wooler, was defeated by Sean Henderson of Lochend, while Michael Dixon, from Ashington, lost out to Gareth Walker of Hawick.

Amble’s Amar Roopra was defeated by Razaam Mohammed, of North Benwell but was awarded the Ivan Hollywell Memorial Trophy for the most improved boxer.

NNABC fighters Ben Farrar, a Junior from Amble, as well as Senior boxers Chris McCann and Tom Allan, both from Wooler, Ben Anderson from Amble, and Shaun Michalowicz, from Ashington, all made their debuts in the ring but fell to defeats.

Despite their losses, they all did the club and themselves proud.

The fight night also welcomed boxer Michael Hunter and ex-Sunderland football player Gordon Armstrong as guests of honour.

Keith MacDonald, head coach of NNABC, said the event was a success.

“The place was absolutely packed out, which was great, and to have as many bouts as we did on the night was fantastic. It was the best one yet,” he said.

MacDonald added that he was ‘very proud’ of all the boxers from the club, especially those who had been involved in their first fights and praised the development of Roopra who has ‘improved brilliantly’.

He also thanked club representatives who helped out on the night as well as the sponsors, in particular Chris McCann who sponsored NNABC’s outfits.

HOW THE BOUTS WENT

Juniors: Sean Henderson (Lochend) beat Josh Milburn (NNABC); Joe Maloney (Blyth Empire) beat Jake Murray (Ashington ABC); Jonny Fenwick (NNABC) beat Shaun Quinn (Washington); Micky Nixon (NNABC) beat Steven Burr (Perth Green); Alex Dalton (Olympia) beat Ben Farrar (NNABC).

Seniors: Anderson Benson (Lochend) beat Shaun Moore (Bilton Hall); Ashton Jones (Spennymoor) beat Shaun Michalowicz (NNABC); Ben Reece (Newbiggin) beat David Adams (Darlington); Ruzaam Mohammed (North Benwell) beat Amar Roopra (NNABC); Jamie Napier (Ashington ABC) beat Ivann Wynn (Grainger Park); Ben Robinson (Blyth Empire) beat Ben Anderson (NNABC); Brandon Price (Bilton Hall) beat Chris McCann (NNABC); Sean Lewis (Bilton Hall) beat Tom Allan (NNABC); Tommy Philbin (Lochend) beat Lewis Scott (Newbiggin); Cyrus Pattinson (Ryehill ABC) beat Liam Duke (Bilton Hall); Kevin Elliott (NNABC) beat Naqibulla Nasrullah (Bilton Hall); Gareth Walker (Hawick) beat Michael Dixon (NNABC).