Punch Up in the Pavilion a hit with fight fans, PLUS video of Bout 2

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Alnwick Amateur Boxing Club presented a St George’s Day feast of fighting action.

Competitors from the club, as well as further afield, battled it out during Wednesday night’s showcase at The Alnwick Garden.

Reuben Law (red top) representing Alnwick in a skills bout against Ryan Thompson of Houghton and District.

Reuben Law (red top) representing Alnwick in a skills bout against Ryan Thompson of Houghton and District.

The Punch Up in the Pavilion event attracted a large and passionate crowd. Special guests included the Duchess of Northumberland and former cruiserweight world champion, Glenn McCrory.

Billy Hardy, who held the British championship at bantamweight and featherweight, as well as the European and Commonwealth featherweight titles, was MC on the night.

Hosts Alnwick had a number of members fighting during the evening. Reuben Law gained experience in a skills contest and Jessica Pattinson was named the home club’s best boxer at the event. A Gazette video of her bout against Sophie Rogers, from Dunstan ABC, is attached to this report.

Others to compete for Alnwick were Jamie Smibert, Shea McNeill, Joel Tailford and Jay Furness. Craig Robinson was due to fight, but his contest was pulled.

While none of the home club boxers were victorious on the night, club chairman Gary Pattinson was proud of each competitor.

He said: “Although we did not get any wins on the night, I hope that this demonstrates our honesty with the matching.

“There were no loaded fights in our favour for the quick wins. The long-term development of our boxers and the club is the aim.

“Six of our boxers competed on the night with 50/50 chances. Not one of them gave less than 100 per cent.”

There was a total of 11 bouts during the event, which acts as a useful source of income for the Alnwick club.

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