Josh Gibson is looking to become a Royal Marine.
And the boxer showed he has the fighting qualities after representing Sunderland ABC in thrilling fashion against Repton Boys Club in the annual dinner show, won 5-1 by the host team.
Gibson, up against the East Londoners’ Michael Falvey, took charge thanks to his usual style, out-working the Repton man.
Gibson wore him down with attacks to the head and body to win all three rounds on a unanimous verdict.
Tom Robson was given a tough test by Repton’s David Dabaleh before deservedly clinching a split decision after returning to the ring after a three-year absence.
Sunderland colleague Luke Ratcliffe produced some explosive exchanges as he dismantled Miguel Lopez for a TKO first-round win.
Adam Adil avenged a defeat by Charlie Rochford in last season’s match by winning their return bout, getting behind the jab, and worked hard to take a unanimous decision.
Matty Stewart worked hard throughout against Jay Fielding, winning a well-earned unanimous decision.
Sunderland’s Andrew Lawson lost the opener on a split decision to Max Bowyer.
In the support bouts, there was more success for Sunderland ABC. Steven Pattison won the best boxer of the night prize after his victory over Scarborough’s Kyle O’Toole. Gutsy John Purdy was pushed all the way in a unanimous verdict against Shea McNeil, while Michael Watson, back after a five-year break, forced an eight count on Tamas Munsaki in a split decision win.
Jack King used his jab well, but Olympian’s Joe Miller edged a split decision.