An emotional Callum Fenwick tasted victory for the first time at his club’s home boxing show – and then dedicated the impressive win to his ill grandma.
Cheered on by a vocal and passionate Alnwick crowd, the 17-year-old kept his nerve to land a technical knockout, stopping his opponent in the third and final round.
His delight was clear to see after halting Josh Potts during North Northumberland Amateur Boxing Club’s action-packed fight night at Willowburn Sports and Leisure Centre last Thursday.
And in an emotional interview with the Gazette, the home-club boxer said: “That win was for my granny, Lauretta. She’s got cancer.”
Fenwick, from Red Row, was competing in his second bout, having lost on debut last year.
“It is unbelievable to win,” he said. “This is my second home show and I got stopped myself last time, so that makes the win even sweeter.”
Fenwick put in an accomplished performance against Hylton Castle’s Potts, forcing a number of standing counts before the bout was stopped early.
“He hit me with a few, but not as many as I hit him with,” he added.
Fenwick was praised by North Northumberland Amateur Boxing Club president, Keith MacDonald. He said: “Callum has come on immensely. He has trained hard and dedicated himself to the sport and he did really well in what was only his second bout.”
Alnwick boxer Cyrus Pattinson also lit up the show by taking a split decision against talented former junior champion, Elias Gear, from Scottish club, Lochend.
It was a nice early birthday gift for Pattinson, representing Birtley, who turned 20 a few days after the victory.
Following the win, he paid tribute to the passionate support of the home crowd.
“It is unbelievable,” he said. “It is great to give something back to all of my supporters and to showcase what I can do.”
For Pattinson, the win has given him a good indication of where he currently is in the sport.
“Gear is a top boxer and I have just beaten him,” he said.
“I knew he was silky and tricky, but I am all about hard work and graft. I tried to mix it up and I started to pick him off.”
There was also victory on the night for North Northumberland Amateur Boxing Club’s John Douglass, from Widdrington.
In what was his first bout, the 34-year-old was declared the winner of the super-heavyweight showdown after Hylton Castle’s Connor Bell was disqualified in the first round for an aggressive action.
It was a rash moment from the away boxer – who seemed to relish the role of panto-villain by winding up the crowd – as he had already put Douglass on the deck and forced a standing count.
The only other home boxer to fight on the night was 18-year-old Dave Lee Anderson, from Hadston.
While he was defeated, the teenager put in a good shift on his debut and forced a standing count in the third.
It just wasn’t enough though and Ben Lemmings took a unanimous decision.
There were 10 bouts in total on the night, including two elite male fights, and the action-packed bill certainly proved a hit with the hundreds of spectators.
To add to the spectacle, boxers from north of the border were piped into the ring.
There were some famous faces too. Current British curiserweight champion Jon-Lewis Dickinson and Glenn Foot of Prizefighter fame, were guest of honours on the night.
Former champion 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.
North Northumberland Amateur Boxing Club president, Keith MacDonald, said the show had gone well and the event had received some glowing feedback.
He added: “People said that the fights were well-matched and it was rare for a show like this to have the calibre of bouts we had, with a number of them being international bouts.”
He also reserved praise for the three boxers from the North Northumberland club who battled it out in the ring on the night and thanked David Millburn for match-making for the event.