Summer Rumble boxing: Darren Surtees and Jay Hughes enjoy Sunderland wins

Glenn Foot is declared the winner against Lee Connelly
Glenn Foot is declared the winner against Lee Connelly

Peterlee boxing coach David Binns had the biggest smile on his face at the Stadium of Light.

And not just because he was celebrating his birthday.

I was delighted with each of the lads, all three were brilliant


The trainer had three winners from his East Durham College gym – Glenn Foot, Jay Hughes and Darren Surtees.

Foot enjoyed a winning debut as a light-welterweight, thumping punch after punch into the head and body of Lee Connelly on his way to a 60-53 points success.

But the wins by two of the camp’s young prospects gave him as much pleasure.

Surtees stopped Belfast’s Alec Bazza, while Hughes defeated Harvey Hemsley on points on his pro debut.

It was the third pro win for Surtees, his second inside the distance.

The Thornley boxer worked to the body well from the start, using his handspeed to good effect.

He hurt his opponent who, to his credit, was prepared to stand and fight.

It would cost him as Surtees decked him at the end of the first and a right put him down again in the second.

The ringside doctor was called in to check a cut to Bazza in the third and, in hindsight, he may have wished Mike Kipling had advised the ref to call it off.

But the medic allowed the bout to continue, though it wasn’t for long as a booming right from Surtees sent Bazza crashing to the canvas.

Referee Graeme Williams did not even start a count, waving it straight off. Thankfully, the 27-year-old was soon back on his feet and congratulating the County Durham man.

Hughes has had to wait for his debut and after two false starts, it was a case of third time lucky at the Summer Rumble.

Originally from Trimdon, but now living in Crimdon, the 18-year-old opened the show with a fine display of boxing.

Hughes was very accurate with his shots, with some nice rights to the head and strong lefts to the body. His opponent, from Bristol, was game but Jay picked him off cleanly for a 40-36 scoreline from Mr Williams.

“I was delighted with each of the lads, all three were brilliant,” said Binns