HARTLEPOOL Catholic Club have never been short of the youngest ring talent.
But now the town’s biggest amateur boxing are winning higher up the age scale.
The Moreland Street outfit enjoyed another successful night at their show at the Owton Manor Social Club, winning seven of the 12 contests. And four of those victories came at the older level, including a double over Yorkshire club, Brodsworth ABC.
Jack Winspear was in superb form as he outpointed Jimmy-Joe Flint.
The 17-year-old was relentless in his approach from the first bell, referee Kevin Weaver giving the Tykes teenager a standing count. Round two was just as emphatic, a strong jab being followed up with some great straight rights.
To Flint’s credit, he did manage to close the gap and Winspear was not as effective in the last but there was no doubt over the unanimous verdict.
Jamie Readman, the daddy of the team at 24, looked like having an early night when he decked Szyon Urbanek in the first 20 seconds of their super-heavyweight match.
The Brodsworth fighter got up and saw out the round but was breathing heavily throughout the bout.
Urbanek seemed to fancy the job in the last round but Readman moved well and he too was a unanimous winner.
Sam Lowery won via a split decision in his bout with Jason Metcalf, from High Fell.
This must have been extremely close – the Gateshead boxer looked that little bit sharper to the punch as the bout wore on, using his height and reach well.
But the 18-year-old home boxer did land some clubbing blows and that saw him edge it by two judges to one.
The bout between Catholic Club’s Leon Egerton and North Road’s Dan English could have gone either way.
Egerton, 18, boxed well in the first while English did some good work on the inside in the second.
The last was desperately hard to score as both fighters slugged it out at close quarters. But the result went to the Darlington boxer on a unanimous decision.
The biggest cheer of the night came in the third and final female contest on the show as Amy Currell roared to a stunning first-round win.
The 22-year-old had seen female team-mates Carla Morgan and Shauna Taylor both beaten earlier in the event but went out like a whirlwind against Hannah Burn of Team North.
Currell was so good, she barely missed with a punch and after referee Weaver gave Burn a second standing eight count in quick succession, he halted the bout to spark ecstatic celebrations.