SUNDERLAND boxers Glen Foot and Jonson McClumpha successfully made it a hat-trick of wins for the city at the Reebok Stadium at the weekend, writes Graeme Anderson.
Just a couple of hours after Steve Bruce’s side had recorded a vital 2-0 win at the Bolton ground, Foot and McClumpha fought their way to points victories to maintain unbeaten professional records so far.
Marley Pots-based Foot had the more difficult task of the two fighters – stepping up to six three-minute rounds for the first time while trying to take on unbeaten Blackburn southpaw Ali Shah.
But after sizing up his opponent, Foot went on to win comfortably, with the bout scored 59-55 in his favour.
“He was a very awkward opponent and particularly difficult for me with him being a southpaw,” Foot said.
“He had a good first round and I had to get my act together because he was just so slippery and kept ducking and moving away.
“But I felt much more comfortable in the second round and from then on, I was always confident and I had no difficulty handling the six rounds.”
Victory made it six fights unbeaten for the welterweight, while stable-mate McClumpha also extended his fledgling success with his third fight unbeaten.
The Grindon middleweight’s win was narrower, getting the nod 39-38 at the end of his four three-minute round contest against Doncaster’s Jason Ball.
The 21-year-old started excellently, but found the going tougher as the contest wore on.
He said: “I felt relaxed and I thought I did well, but I was giving away a few pounds to him – he was virtually a super-middleweight – and he was strong.
“I’m just glad I came through it with a win.
“It’s a fight that will stand me in good stead because it was good for my experience.”
Both boxers, trained by Dave Binns at Houghall College, hope to fight again soon, probably in January.
At the weekend they were fighting on the undercard of the Sky-televised show, headlined by Jason Booth’s super-bantamweight title clash with Scott Quigg.
Quigg, undefeated now in 23 fights, comfortably disposed of the veteran belt-holder, who was retired after seven rounds.