Wins for Callum Winton and Gary Fox in big boxing show

Gary Fox (orange shorts) v Jason Carr at Rainton Meadow Arena last night
Gary Fox (orange shorts) v Jason Carr at Rainton Meadow Arena last night

CALLUM Winton announced his arrival for real on the professional stage in style at the Rainton Meadows Arena.

The 20-year-old joined the pro ranks last year, beginning with a draw and a victory

But last night’s four-round success over Manchester’s Paul Haines had been the best to date on the biggest show.

Confident and positive, Winton put together some quality stuff and was roared on by a large and noisy army of fans

Part of a young and buoyant Gus Robinson Developments gym which also includes Peter Cope and Bradley Saunders, Winton is not short on talent.

And if he builds on last night’s display and listens to the two men guiding his career, Peter Cope Snr and Alan Temple, then he could go a long way.

It looked like a shut-out win but referee Andrew Wright scored it 39-37, presumably giving round three to Haines.

Temple said: “The only criticism I’d make is that he’d make the lad miss but did not get straight back in and punish him.

“But I thought it was a really good performance and he outclassed him.”

Fishburn’s Gary Fox extended his winning sequence to eight bouts – and his 11th in total – when he outpointed Jason Carr last night.

If any evidence was needed that Fox is ready to move up a level then this was it.

It was an awful spectacle with the Sheffield boxer clinging to the Neil Fannan fighter like a non-swimmer clutching a life jacket.

“Frustrating” was the Fannan reaction.

“Gary’s improving all the time and looks a tidy little pro. He needs someone who’s going to fire back at him, it’s hard when your opponent has no interest in the bout.”

*SEE Saturday’s Mail newspaper for full story plus North-East football, boxing, cricket, Youngstars and much, much more