SUNDERLAND East End suffered treble agony in the finals of the Tyne, Tees and Wear Novice Championships.
Three Wearside fighters were bidding to triumph at Hartlepool Workingmen’s Club and advance to the national rounds of the competition.
But there were defeats for Lewis Smith and Shaun Davison, plus a controversial disqualification for Brian Little in his heavyweight tussle.
Smith, who beat Horden ABC’s Bradley Harris in last weekend’s semi-finals, pushed Hetton ABC’s Nathan Milburn hard in their featherweight clash.
But the 17-year-old’s effort wasn’t translated into points, as Milburn emerged victorious by a 20-7 margin.
Dawson, who had triumphed against Lumley ABC’s Jake Webb in the welterweight semi-final, had an explosive final against West Durham ABC’s John Jarrett.
But Jarrett pipped the 18-year-old in East End’s second defeat of the night.
East End’s misery was compounded when Little was disqualified in the second round of his clash with Wellington ABC’s Elliott Crow.
Little was penalised when he threw a punch after the referee had called for both fighters to stop.
But East End head coach Kenny Linton said: “Brian thought the referee had shouted ‘break’ in which case he was entitled to throw a punch after they had been separated.
“The referee should have deducted him points rather than disqualifying him. It wasn’t even a dirty bout.”
There was some small comfort though after Crow agreed to a re-match on East End’s show at the Point Nightclub on Friday, December 2.
The show will feature 16 bouts, with tickets priced at £10 for standing and £15 per head for tables.
Tickets are available from Kenny on 07985 441455, with the club also on the look-out for fresh sponsorship.