Easy night for Sunderland fighters McClumpha and Macleod

Isaac Macleod celebrates his win with trainer Anthony Farnell
Isaac Macleod celebrates his win with trainer Anthony Farnell
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Glenn Foot, not surprisingly, clinched the headlines but two Sunderland neighbours made sure they kept their careers going in the right direction on Saturday.

Jonson McClumpha made it a perfect 10 as a professional, when he reached double figures in the win column by beating Kieron Gray on points.

Jonson McClumpha enjoys his victory

Jonson McClumpha enjoys his victory

The 25-year-old barely broke sweat against the battle-worn Telford man.

A couple of body shots seemed to hurt Gray in the opener, but McClumpha seemed happy to get some rounds under his belt.

Both boxers laughed when Gray landed a right in the last but McClumpha was all smiles after referee Graeme Williams scored it 40-36.

It was a double for coach David Binns after Foot’s success earlier in the night and keeps the middleweight on course to get back in the English title picture.

Isaac Macleod carries the moniker “Can Bang” and he set out to justify the tag against Santos Medrano.

But the Sunderland prospect, trained in Manchester by Anthony Farnell, had to settle for a four-round points shut-out against the tough Spanish-based Nicaraguan.

Macleod drove in some rasping body shots in the first as he alternated between orthodox and southpaw with comparitive ease.

Time and again he forced Medrano back on the ropes but he proved a resilient opponent, surviving until the final bell. A 40-36 scoreline was inevitable from referee Williams.

There was a second successive defeat, though, for Seaham’s Jordan Ellison, who lost to unbeaten Newcastle fighter Lewis Ritson.

Ellison started brightly and looked to have edged the first on quality and quantity, but Ritson took control with his strong jab and won 60-54 on the scorecard of referee Williams.