Darren Surtees and Rainton Meadows Arena – what an exciting partnership.
Five nights the ‘Thornley Tornado’ has lined up at the Houghton venue and for the fifth time he has come away with the spoils, beating Ross Jameson to win the Northern Area light-welterweight title.
And for the fourth occasion, his rival didn’t make it to the final bell as the 22-year-old maintained his reputation for producing the KO.
The Middlesbrough battler was put down in the second and sixth but, showing tremendous tenacity, rose at the count of seven on both occasions.
But the bout was halted by ref Kevin Parker at one minute 27 seconds of round six with Jameson having suffered a suspected broken jaw.
Coach Dave Binns, who has guided Surtees to seven wins from seven, was in awe of both combatants who fought out a championship cracker.
Jameson appeared to be getting on top before the Peterlee-trained fighter landed three big rights.
“People thought Darren had blown himself out before he stopped him,” said Binns. “He hadn’t.
“I think there had been a combination of making the weight, a lot of expectation on him and the fact he was in a championship contest.
“After four rounds he said ‘I feel goosed’.
“I said ‘how goosed do you think the other kid is? Are you just going to call it a day?’
“He got back out and picked it up and finished it.
“What a fight. How did Ross get through that second round? A lot of referees would have stopped, and I thought it should have been, but what a fantastic effort from him.
“But Darren continues to keep producing performances like this. and he’s still only 22.”
If you were being hyper-critical you could tick Surtees off for fighting instead of boxing.
But the neutrals in a packed venue were not complaining as they lapped up the entertainment.
Both boxers began strongly though Surtees took the opening session.
And Darren was on the mark in the second, hurting the Boro man. He stormed in and looked a little rushed, but he did land a long right and shorter left which floored Rosco in the blue corner.
Jameson was up at seven and he somehow survived a frenzied attack, though Surtees missed with a number of wild swings.
Those who thought the end was nigh did not factor in the sheer determination of the 28-year-old.
Jameson relished the scrap and, working superbly at close quarters, put his punches together, cleanly and accurately.
In fact, after five thrill-a-minute rounds this reporter had the two men level on 47 points. Jameson was looking strong, but Surtees was ready to deliver a devastating finish.
A right to the jaw rocked Ross and two follow-up rights sent him down.
Bravely, he was up at seven, but it was soon over as Mr Parker waved it off.
Great respect must go to Jameson but it was another stunning triumph for Surtees.