St George’s Day fight night packs a punch

Alnwicks Craig Robinson lands a punch on Luke Sayward (Downend). Photograph Steve Miller

Alnwicks Craig Robinson lands a punch on Luke Sayward (Downend). Photograph Steve Miller

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Alnwick Amateur Boxing Club’s debut home show has been hailed a success, proving a hit with fight fans.

The event was staged in the Guest Hall of Alnwick Castle on St George’s Day on Tuesday.

Alnwick's Joe Pickard (left) in action v Blane Lewis (Hylton Castle). Photograph Steve Miller

Alnwick's Joe Pickard (left) in action v Blane Lewis (Hylton Castle). Photograph Steve Miller

It was a landmark occasion for the club, which first opened its doors in the town just 10 months ago.

The hosts were represented by six boxers, with a number of them picking up wins on the night.

Wearing the home strip were Joe Pickard, Shea Mcneill, Craig Robinson, Aithne Bell, Jamie Scott and Jessica Pattinson.

Club chairman, Gary Pattinson, was delighted with the performance of the club’s boxers on the night.

He said: “I was over the moon with the way our boxers boxed. To have six of our boxers on the bill was fantastic and they all did really well.”

There was a total of 13 bouts on the night and boxers came from as far as Wales, Scotland and the south of England.

A crowd of more than 200 fight fans saw the spectacle.

Former bantamweight and featherweight boxing champion, Billy Hardy, was MC on the night.

Gary said: “We have had great feedback about the event and Billy said it was one of the best shows he has been to.”

○ More photos and full report in next week’s Northumberland Gazette.