SOME of Wearside’s best young prospects were involved in Sunderland ABC’s first open show of the season, which took place at the evening’s main sponsors, the Barnes pub.
The show opened with two skills bouts involving talented 10-year-olds – Wallace Mcleod taking on Charlie Getting and Jack Kennedy facing Kevin Wakefield, with the hands of all four boxers being lifted at the end of their contests.
Then it was the turn of Carlo Geraldi (Sunderland ABC) to box Jimmy Tyers (Newbiggin). In a tough encounter, slick counter-puncher Geraldi faced the two-fisted attacks of Tyers in a bout which ebbed and flowed.
The two boys have met several times and, on this occasion, Tyers took a majority decision.
Jamie Cockburn (Sunderland ABC) took on Richie Ridley (Forest Hall), with the strong Sunderland southpaw showing skill and strength to dominate all three rounds to win a unanimous decision.
Jimmy Hall (Sunderland ABC) met Jimmy Tyers (Bishop Auckland) in a cracking contest.
From the bell, both boys were involved in a two-fisted, toe-to-toe confrontation with neither wishing to take a back step.
Tyers managed to shade the third round and that was enough for him to eventually take a majority decision in a fantastic contest which had the crowd buzzing.
Jamie Bamborough (Sunderland ABC) fought Aqubal Ali (Phil Thomas School of Boxing) in what proved to be a tactical contest, with Bamborough, a tall, rangy boxer taking on the slick skills of Ali, with the Teessider securing a points decision.
Jamie’s twin, Ryan Bamborough (Sunderland ABC), overcame Billy Tisseman (Boldon).
Bamborough, a fine body puncher, sent in some solid attacks forcing back his opponent throughout, winning all three rounds and a unanimous decision.
Connor McCulloch (Sunderland ABC) against Marlie Devitt (Pallister Park) was another crowd-thriller, with both boxers looking to come forward.
McCulloch, who has started the season with a bang, came out firing from all angles, sending in some devastating shots to head and body to win a unanimous decision.
Joel Hassan (Sunderland ABC) tackled Billy Wright (Burmantofts) in a challenging fight for the young Wearsider.
Wright, from Leeds, carried heavy artillery and Hassan needed all his skills to avoid the big shots while using his left-hand jab to good effect, but it was a sign of how well he did that he took all three rounds and a unanimous decision.
The clash between Reece Amir (Sunderland ABC) and Colin Best (South Durham) was a close encounter. Amir, last year’s 66kg schoolboy champion and tri-nation silver medallist came forward with his usual style of attacks to head and body.
But Best, a tall, gutsy scrapper, secured a majority decision.
Senior boxer Luke Ratcliffe (Sunderland ABC) and Bobby Begg (Lambton Street) produced an absorbing contest.
Ratcliffe came out of the blocks with some determination and did well in the first and second rounds, pushing the Lambton Street man back against the ropes.
But, in the third round, Begg found his range and showed his skill and determination, boxing on the back foot and picked some crisp shots, to take a close majority decision.
Travis Waters (Sunderland ABC) got back to winning ways against Jack Daley (Spennymoor) after a disappointing loss in the Tyne Tees and Wear semi-final in the Club for Young Persons championship.
Waters, a talented, tall southpaw, used his skill to counter and outpoint his tough opponent in another real crowd pleaser, with Waters taking the unanimous decision of the judges.
H In the Club for Young Persons’ Tyne Tees and Wear championship finals, Sunderland ABC had Kieron McDonald facing Adam Johnson (Darlington ABC).
McDonald, a small, fast southpaw, was in top form, producing slick, fast combinations and winning all three rounds and dominating the contest.
McDonald, who could make a considerable impact on the championships, was an unlucky loser in last year’s Junior ABA finals. He now goes into the pre-quarter-final stage.
H In the senior Novice ABA championship semi-finals, Sunderland ABC had Moon Sidique taking on Adam Chopon (Aycliffe).
Moon, a no-nonsense fighter, came out with his usual devastating punching style and deservedly enjoyed a unanimous points win.
He now goes onto to compete for the North East title and, potentially, national honours.
H Sunderland ABC’s Matty Stewart faced Dale Evans (Plains Farm ABC) in the senior ABA championships.
From the beginning, Stewart did all the forcing, won all three rounds and now goes into the North East finals looking for national honours.