SUNDERLAND’S Thomas Essomba clinched his first pro title in just his third bout when he beat Isaac Quaye at the Collosal show in Houghton.
A former Olympian with Cameroon, but now an adopted Wearsider, Essomba won the International Masters super-flyweight belt at Rainton Meadows.
Essomba was given a 78-74 verdict from referee Andrew Wright.
Sunderland’s Isaac Macleod triumphed in the opening bout on the Collosal show, beating Slovakia’s Robert Blazo 40-36 on referee Graeme Williams scorecard.
Newcastle’s Sam Best had a pro debut to savour, not that it lasted long!
Martin Ward recorded the 20th win of his career, when he outpointed Georgia’s Kakhaber Avetisian, ref Andrew Wright marking it 60-54.
Middlesbrough cruiserweight Simon Vallily knocked out David Vicena 40 seconds into round three.
Referee Steve Hawkins counted out the Czech who, thankfully, recovered after medical attention.
There was a second winning debut of the afternoon when Horden’s Liam Cammock beat Mick Mills, from Gillingham, 40-37 from referee Williams.
Tommy Ward made it a family double when he followed Martin’s lead in beating Georgian opposition, the 20-year-old winning 60-54 against George Gachechiladze.
Seaham’s Jordan Ellison completed a clean sweep of winning debutants as he won all four rounds against Ireland’s Ben Mulligan.
Fight of the day came in the penultimate bout as Tom Whitfield clinched the North-East derby against Daniel Cope.
The two boxers, who started the afternoon unbeaten after two contests, produced a classic, which ended with referee Hawkins awarding a 58-57 scoreline to South Shields welterweight Whitfield.
Hetton’s Jordan King rounded off the show with a points shut-out victory over Mark Till, from Stoke.
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