LOCAL boxers Mick Hadfield and Anth Hardy made it two wins out of two in their professional careers.
Hadfield won in just two rounds against “Cracker” Jack Heath at Houghton-le-Spring while Hardy clinched a dramatic victory over Newcastle fighter Chris Bennett in their North-East derby.
But there was a first pro defeat for neighbour Paul Archer who was outpointed by Welsh light-welterweight Tony Dixon.
It looked like being a potential tough evening for Hadfield when Heath made a lively start to their four-round featherweight match at Rainton Meadows Arena.
But after Hadfield got into his rhythm in the second round it became one-way traffic.
The ending was something of a surprise, the away corner pulling out with an injured right wrist before round three could re-start, but the winner always looked like being the Headland star once found his range.
Hardy was involved in an exciting confrontation with Bennett who, like the Horden southpaw, had gone into the eveving with a perfect record of one bout, one win.
The Geordie came forward throughout only to walk into the right hand of Hardy.
Just 30 seconds from the end of the bout, Hardy floored Bennett, but the Newcastle boxer survived until the final bell.
Mark Curry, scored it 39-38 from ringside with trainee referee Steve Hawkins the official in the ring,
There was another battle of the unbeaten pros when Archer took on Dixon, also over four rounds.
Archer, from Grants Houses between Horden and Easington, was looking to make it eight straight wins while Dixon was chasing a hat-trick of victories.
Dixon made a great start, putting his 22-year-old opponent down in the first.
Archer battled through to the bell and had momements of joy in the last three rounds, but the 21-year-old from Mountain Ash was awarded a 39-36 scoreline by referee Andrew Wright.
Meanwhile, Kirk Goodings is the lightweight champion of England.
The Sunderland star gained a unanimous points victory over Middlesbrough’s Paul Truscott at Houghton.
There was no lack of commitment from Truscott but the greater class came from Goodings in a 10-round war at the Rainton Meadows Arena.
Goodings was sharp from the first bell and reeled off the first three rounds.
Truscott had the better of round four with some good bodywork
But thereafter Goodings regained the initiative and while some rounds were close, there was no question about the overall winner
Judges Mark Curry and Phil Edwards scored it 99-91 with Andrew Wright marking it 99-92