Teenage boxer Charlie Little powered to victory at his club’s home show and admitted afterwards: “It’s the best feeling of my life.”
Roared on by an enthusiastic Alnwick crowd, the 16-year-old battled to take a unanimous decision at Friday’s annual festive fight night.
The Wooler warrior’s dominant display forced the referee to intervene in the third round, leaving his opponent Jamie Harkness, of Bilton Hall, facing a standing count.
The final bell sounded shortly after and Little’s hand was lifted aloft in victory, to the delight of the hundreds inside Willowburn Sports and Leisure Centre.
It was a fine display from the youngster who was representing hosts North Northumberland Amateur Boxing Club (NNABC).
Little, who also took the best North Northumberland boxer award, said: “It was the first home show I have boxed in. It was a great experience.”
Other NNABC fighters to appear were Shea McNeill and Josh Purvis, who were both defeated by unanimous decisions.
Craig Robinson, of Alnwick ABC, also lost by a unanimous decision.
One of the biggest roars of the night was saved for Alnwick-based boxer Cyrus Pattinson, representing Birtley. In a closely- fought contest, he lost out by a majority decision to Lochend’s Sean Eng, who was awarded best senior boxer at the event.
However, guest of honour Danny ‘Boy’ Hughes, of Prizefighter fame, picked out Pattinson for special mention, praising his heart and desire.
There were a total of 12 bouts on the night, with boxers coming from across the North East and Scotland. Fighters from north of the border were piped into the ring.
The action-packed bill featured an entertaining title bout between Lewis Scott, of Newbiggin, and Howdon’s Dean Lang, who retained his belt.
Keith MacDonald, of NNABC, was pleased with how the event went and praised everyone who was involved in and helped with the showcase.
Fittingly, MacDonald was made an honorary member of the ex-boxers association for the North East.