DANIEL Cope was edged out in the big boxing derby with Hartlepool losing to South Shields by just one point in Houghton.
Gus Robinson Developments star Cope and opponent Tom Whitfield started the afternoon unbeaten after two contests, and the friends and rivals produced a six-round classic, which ended with referee Steve Hawkins awarding a 58-57 scoreline to the Mal Gates-trained welterweight.
Sunderland’s Thomas Essomba clinched his first pro title in just his third bout when he beat Isaac Quaye at the Collosal show.
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.
Hetton’s Jordan King rounded off the show with a points shut-out victory over Mark Till, from Stoke.