Local boxing in great shape

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HARTLEPOOL and east Durham boxing could not be in better shape.

Less than 72 hours after Peter Cope, Michael Hunter and Greg O’Neil turned on the style in the professional ring at the Borough Hall, it was the turn of the amateurs to have their moment in the spotlight.

And they did not disappoint at the Headland ABC show at Hartlepool Workingmen’s Club last night.

Juniors Morgan Murray, Sadie Thomas, Daniel Robinson Kyle Wharton (Headland) and Ali Shah (Horden) all triumphed in youth contests.

And there was a clean sweep of senior wins for the three local clubs who were in action at the packed King Oswy Drive venue.

Horden Sportsman ABC’s Johna Davies collected the best senior boxer of the night award when he beat Ryan Soulsby (Swalwell) over three rounds.

Making only his seventh appearance, Davies was quickly into his stride.

Technically good , the lively Davies used both hands to good effect in the first round, snapping out a number of scoring punches.

Soulsby launched a brief assault in the second round but his 17-year-old opponent retained his composure and was the sharper of the two boxers.

For all Davies had the edge, you could not write off Soulsby.

And so it proved as the Gateshead boxer came on strong in the last, stepping up the pace in a bid to turn the fight on its head.

Soulsby did have some joy in the last but the Horden star kept in control and even finished the bout with a couple of scoring blows just to make sure the final result was not too close.

Davies earned an 11-7, 14-11, 14-10 scoreline from the judges.