Win means lift off for Rocket

Gary Pattinson with Craig "The Rocket" Robinson.
Gary Pattinson with Craig "The Rocket" Robinson.

A young boxer has tasted victory in the ring for the first time – and he did it in style, winning by a first-round knock-out.

It took Craig ‘The Rocket’ Robinson, of Alnwick Amateur Boxing Club, just 45 seconds to defeat Karl Watson in a quick-fire bout on Friday night.

Even more impressive was the fact that the 14-year-old landed the win in front of his opponent’s home crowd, during a show at the Federation Brewery, Gateshead.

The teenager from Clayport Gardens, in Alnwick, ended the contest with a clinical left hook to Watson’s body.

It was a big moment for The Rocket as he ended a five-bout losing streak.

But his dedication and commitment to the sport paid off and his first win represented a huge step forward in his boxing development.

His performance even received praise from the event’s master of ceremonies, former boxing champion Billy Hardy, who was very impressed with The Rocket’s work in the ring.

To put the icing on the cake, his victory was also the first win for Alnwick Amateur Boxing Club, which opened its doors in the summer.

After his win, Robinson wrote on Facebook that he was proud and praised the coaching he has received.

Robinson’s next bout is scheduled for March 9 in Bristol, which will act as a great build-up to his club’s debut show on April 23.

The St George’s Day fight feast, named The King of the Castle Tournament, takes place in Alnwick Castle’s Guest Hall. Organisers are hoping to have 12 bouts on the night and have boxers from both near and far.

Doors are to open at 7.30pm, with boxing to start at 8pm.

Tickets are now available and are priced £15. Contact club chairman Gary Pattinson on 07738 364349.

For more details about the show or the club, visit the Alnwick Amateur Boxing Club page on Facebook.