McLeod brothers taste success

Issac McLeod.
Issac McLeod.
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ISSAC McLeod continued his winning return to the ring at the latest Sunderland ABC show, while his younger brother Wallace also tasted victory in his debut fight.

Eleven-year-old southpaw Wallace took on Clayton Ghettins of Lambton Street ABC - McLeod using speed and movement around the right against his strong, attacking opponent to win all three rounds in a unanimous decision.

Isaac meanwhile, took on Stuart Buckley of Headland ABC under new AIBA rules, with head-guards removed.

Buckley, a well-schooled, senior international with vast experience, came to fight and the contest had the crowd on their feet - McLeod picking his shots well, against the slick boxing of Buckley.

Ultimately though, McLeod was too sharp for Buckley, unleashing some devastating right-hand counters to win a unanimous decision.

The McLeods were part of a busy night’s boxing in the function room of the Barnes pub in Sunderland.

Jack Kennedy (Sunderland ABC) versus Mason McGuigan (Newbiggin ABC) was an all-action contest with both boys going toe-to-toe before McGuigan won a unanimous decision.

Adam Adil (Sunderland ABC) and Luke Blakey (Carlisle Villas) was a skills bout, with the boys evenly matched and both having their arms raised at the final bell.

Hamza Ahmed (Sunderland ABC) versus Danny Walker (Ward Degnams) saw both lads making their debut in a well-contested bout which Walker took on a split decision.

Connor McCulloch (Sunderland ABC) versus Corey O’Neill (Forest Hall) was a fantastic, hard-fought contest but Corey, son of ex-Sunderland pro boxer Chip O’Neill, could not prevent McCulloch winning a unanimous decision.

Ryan Bamborough (Sunderland ABC) versus I Banks (Dunston ABC) was another hard-fought bout - Bamborough keeping Banks off balance with textbook jabs to win all three rounds on a unanimous decision.

Travis Waters (Sunderland ABC) had to withstand an early onslaught from Jack Daley (Spennymoor ABC) but some cool boxing from the Sunderland southpaw saw him take over in the second and third rounds to win a unanimous decision - a great comeback after his narrow defeat in the youth national quarter-finals.

Matthew Stewart (Sunderland ABC) versus Sean Nelson (Ward Degnams) was another all-action contest with Nelson, previously a kick-boxer, producing looping right hands before Stewart got into his stride and the fighters went toe-to-toe before Nelson pinched a split-decision victory.