MATTY Stewart scored an impressive points victory in the bill-topper of Sunderland ABC’s clash with Repton Boxing Club at the Best Western Roker Hotel.
Stewart won a unanimous decision over Shaun Soloman after three bruising rounds in which the Repton boxer was continually punished on the ropes.
Josh Gibson, out of the ring for two years because of work commitments, showed no ring rust on his way to a unanimous verdict against Repton’s Steve Kaczmarczyk and won the best boxer of the night award.
Reece Amir of Sunderland met fellow national schoolboy champion Jesse Dean Harris. Although Amir was aggressive and hard-hitting, 6ft 2in Harris used his long, straight left-hand jab to pick up points and edge a close decision.
Adam Adil lost a razor-edge points verdict to Repton’s Joe Hickford, while Jack Kennedy’s strong, two-fisted aggressive work caught the eye and many were surprised at the split decision that went to Repton’s Bennie Eastwood.
Eleven-year-old southpaw Wallace McLeod earned a unanimous decision against Repton’s Charlie Hickfor.
Jimmy Stevens of Lambton Street lost on points to Nathan Harris (Repton) in an all-action contest.