Six of the best for Sunderland ABC on first show of the new season

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Sunderland ABC had six winners when the club staged their first open show of the season at the Best Western Roker Hotel.

Despite some last-minute pull-outs, the host club put on 10 bouts, with the event proving a cracking night.

Sunderland ABC’s Jack King gave the hosts a belting start by beating Blaine Middlemiss (West Durham) in the opening bout.

Both boys gave it their but when King fired in a barrage of shots in the second the referee stepped in to award a technical KO.

Andrew Lawson made it two wins from two, when he outpointed Jack le Marinel, from Horsley Hill in a real barnstormer.

Though small in stature, Lawson came out blasting with both hands and while Marinel fought back with valour, a really well-fought contest went to the home man on a unanimous decision.

He also clinched the boxer of the night award.

The first derby of the evening also went Sunderland’s way.

Leroy Nelson was having a re-match with Lyndon Wright (Wearmouth).

And Nelson repeated his win from the show at Wearmouth, putting the pressure on his rival to win all three rounds for a unanimous decision.

Sunderland’s Callum Harrison was involved in a tight battle with Awak Naheem (Wellington).

It was the debut contest from both boys, who each showed some good skills, Middlesbrough boxer Naheem taking a split decision.

Derby number two produced another belter and an incredibly close result.

Adam Adil came up against James Bamborough, from Plains Farm.

Adil, a strong all-action fighter, faced a very aggressive Bamborough, who was looking for the big shot throughout a real close contest.

The Sunderland fighter took a razor-edge split decision.

Joel Hassan produced a classy performance to outpoint Ryan Cowling (West Hull).

The Yorkshire & Humberside champion came out firing with two hands,but Hassan’s use of his textbook jab unsettled Cowling, allowing him to smash home some fantastic right hand counters,.

The Sunderland youngster won all three rounds on a unanimous decision in a real top-class effort.

Connor McCulloch, returning after a lay-off, lost out in the local battle with Sol Stalker, from Houghton & District.

The home boxer adopted his usual style, taking on the taller Stalker, who clinched a deserved unanimous verdict.

The final derby featured Moon Siddiqui against Ash Hamilton (Lambton Street Boys).

Moon, a strong two-fisted attacking fighter, came out firing from the bell, catching Hamilton flush on the chin and sending him crashing to the canvas.

He failed to make the 10-count for a first-round KO in a sensational win for the Sunderland starlet.

In the top of the bill showdown, Sunderland’s Mathew Stewart fought a cracker with Tynesider James Conlon (Forest Hall).

Stewart, as game as ever, took on the slick Conlon an all-action fight, standing toe-to-toe with the Forest Hall boxer, firing in some heavy artillery to head and body.

However, Conlin came back with some heavy counters in the second and got through with the cleaner shots in the third.

Stewart, to his credit, landed some cracking left hooks against the southpaw stance which unsettled the Tynesider but, in the end, Conlon took a well-deserved unanimous decision.