Unbeaten Sunderland stars Warren Baister and Isaac Macleod have extended their 100% records in the professional game .
Last night’s show at the Raintron Meadows Arena was a case of the long and the short.
Baister, matched with a 6ft 8½in Lithuanian, aptly known as ‘Giant’ avoided a potential banana skin by outpointing Imantas Davidaitas over four rounds.
And the short was provided by Macleod who made sharp work of beating the Czech Republic’s Daniel Bazo, who retired at the end of the first of a scheduled four rounds.
Both Wearsiders have glittering amateur record with a capital G, Macleod winning medals aplenty as a junior and Baister having a fine international career as a senior.
Each is ready for a step up in opponent and status and they are due to get it.
Baister is to box on the JD NXTGEN show in Newcastle on June 23, the second instalment of a Matchroom-promoted and Sky Sports-transmitted series featuring some of this country’s best prospects.
And the 31-year-old falls into that category.
He probably did not know whether to laugh or cry when he clapped eyes on Davidaitis. The Lithuanian skyscraper dwarfed Baister and brought a record as a KO specialist into the Houghton ring.
This was a little test for Baister, no pun intended, and he passed it.
He took a flush Davidaitis right hand in the third nicely but, that aside, he dictated matters despite conceding a big reach advantage.
“Warren was class,” said trainer David Binns. “What a handful that kid was and he could punch.
“It was good to watch – Warren made something decent from what was an awkward situation.
“I’m looking forward to seeing him back out again next month.”
While Baister has having his arm raised for the sixth time, Macleod received the plaudits for the eighth occasion.
The 22-year-old seemed intent on an early night from the start, marching forward incessantly against his rival.
One beautiful combination hurt the Czech, a left to the body and a right to the head, but the teenager in the red corner survived and appeared game for a scrap.
However, clearly Macleod was finding the target because Bazo retired on his stool at the end of the first, claiming an injury to his right hand.
Macleod will now move forward to the Summer Rumble when promoter Phil Jeffries hopes to stage a title bout at the Stadium of Light on Sunday, July 16.
On the main event at the Rainton Meadows last night, Thornley’s Darren Surtees won a Northern Area light-welterweight cracker against Ross Jameson.
The Middlesbrough battler was put down in the second and sixth round, but, showing tremendous tenacity, he rose at the count of seven on both occasions.
But the bout was halted by referee Kevin Parker at one minute 27 seconds of the sixth, with Jameson having suffered a suspected broken jaw.