Alnwick Amateur Boxing Club
Home boxers did themselves proud at Alnwick Amateur Boxing Club’s debut show.
The fight feast was staged in the Guest Hall at Alnwick Castle on St George’s Day, attracting a crowd of around 250 spectators.
Proudly sporting the host club’s strip, six Alnwick boxers did battle in the ring during the King of the Castle Tournament, with a number coming away victorious.
Craig The Rocket Robinson was named best Home Boxer on the night, as chosen by the Tyne Tees and Wear officials.
Others representing the club were Jessica Pattinson, Joe Pickard, Aithne Bell, Shea Mcneill and Jamie Scott.
The show marked a defining moment in the history of the club, which has only been open for 10 months.
Both the event and the boxers’ display showed the progress that has been made.
Chairman Gary Pattinson said: “I am proud of all the boxers.
“They all boxed very well and maintained their discipline and form throughout each round that they boxed.
“It was a great demonstration of their boxing development in front of their friends and family.
“Our club has only been open for 10 months so to have six boxers ready to perform on our first home show proves how much they have committed to developing their boxing ability to be ready.
“I would like to thank each of them for their efforts and for putting on such a great show.”
Opening the spectacle was Alnwick’s very own Jessica Pattinson.
She went up against Louise McDonald, of Noble Art, in a skills contest.
This is a learning bout for boxers and the next step up from sparring.
Both boxers are awarded the win following three, one-minute rounds.
Pattinson gave a good demonstration of boxing skills.
The night was a success for Joe Pickard, who defeated Blane Lewis, of Hylton Castle, on a unanimous points decision.
Pickard boxed beautifully from the first to the last bell, fully controlling each round.
His performance received praise from an England coach who was at the show.
Aithne Bell also tasted victory.
Like his club colleague, he picked up a unanimous points decision.
Taking on Bishop Auckland’s Kane Stephenson, in what was Bell’s first bout, the Alnwick boxer gave a confident performance and controlled his punches.
Gary said: “Aithne used his control from the jab to allow him to set up second-phase attacks.
“For him to be doing this in his first bout shows that he has more to come.
“It was a very good first performance all round.”
Craig The Rocket Robinson also grabbed a win.
The youngster defeated Luke Saward, of Downend and District.
The victory was revenge for The Rocket who controversially lost to his opponent in a bout in Bristol a short while ago.
There was to be no repeat of this though.
The Rocket applied good pressure throughout the contest and forced a standing count in the third round.
Robinson took a unanimous points decision against his opponent who had tried to box on the back foot to combat The Rocket’s work in close.
Shea Mcneill held his own against Cameron Carter, but the Grainger Park man won by a unanimous decision.
Gary said: “The bout was pretty even with Shea getting beat to the jab a little too often.
“This was very much a work-in-progress performance with Shea holding his own, but unfortunately he did not get the decision.”
Jamie Scott found the going tough against the taller figure of Dennis Sparks, from South Shields.
The Alnwick boxer tried to adjust his style during the fight, but Sparks picked him off with long-range jabs.
However, Scott did have some joy in close and landed some nice body shots which hurt his opposite number.
Sparks took the decision though, through retirement.
The club will work on readjusting Scott’s style to counteract the long defence of Sparks and will look for a rematch in a couple of months.
There was a total of 13 bouts on the night.
Boxers came from Wales, Scotland and the south of England to compete.
Former bantamweight and featherweight boxing champion Billy Hardy was MC on the night.
Gary added: “I would like to thank all the bout sponsors and supporters that came along.”