Hartlepool Catholic Boxing Club’s return to Seaton Carew Mayfair Centre was a resounding success.
The 15-bout date was the club’s first dinner show back in the venue for a number of years. It used to be the regular venue for their shows.
Club coach, Paul Allen, said: “The tickets all sold out over a week before the show, it was full to the rafters and wall to wall
“I would just like to say a big thank you to all supporters, dinner and boxing only, for all your support and hopefully see you all again out at our next show in February.”
One of the stars of the night was Catholic Club and England boxer Danielle Marshall, who took on Ireland Champion CharlieHorgan from Ryston abc.
This was to be a nice warm- up for Marshall, who had just returned from Ireland with a gold medal an International that Horgan had not entered.
The bout would get her ready for this weekend, where Marshall is boxing for the Catholic Club in the NABGC Championships quarter-finals in Liverpool against another England Team mate.
The contest started a bit scrappy at times but it didn’t take Marshall long to settle in the first round.
The second round was a different story, Marshall catching Horgan with nearly every shot followed with solid back hand combinations stopping the Irish girl in her tracks. At the end of the third round the Irish girl must have been pleased to hear the final bell, with the decision going Marshall’s way by a unanimous decision.
First up on the night was Will Gowler, of Catholic Club, who enjoyed his first skills bout against B Courtney of Warddegnans ABC, with some nice skills from both boxers and both looking to have enjoyed the experience.
Catholic’s Travis Miller took on M Pearson of High Fell ABC in another sklils bout and with nice boxing and good shots.
Harry Huntley took on B Hogan of Warddegnan’s ABC in a hard, evenly fought little contest, which Hogan took by a unanimous decision.
McKenzie Canterdale boxed Yasin Grainger of Park abc in a really good 50-50 with both boxers looking good. The decision was well met by the crowd, even though the verdict went to Grainger by a split decision.
Edward Hanley took on J Bailey of Warddegnans abc in only his second contest and showed what a good Catholic prospect he is for the future by taking the verdict by a unanimous decision.
Lewis Fannan clashed with D Swales of Redcar abc in a difficult contest, where both boxers’ styles became scrappy, but both gave it their all. Swales taking the verdict by unanimous decision.
Reece Bailey took on J Abbazadeh of Grainger Park in his contest and what an introduction he got.
From the first bell, the Grainger Park boxer was on the attack with big swinging blows but Bailey got some fantastic counter punches in.
This contest kept everyone on the edge of their seats, the blows coming from all over and even cheers from the crowd when the referee Liam Dineen was nearly hit more than once.
At the end of an all-action bout both boxers looked to be pleased to hear the final bell. Reece Bailey taking the verdict by a unanimous decision.
Next up was crowd favourite Luke Theasby,who faced D Renton of Grainger Park in a fantastic contest for all home and away supporters to cheer on.
Theasby kept the hard-hitting Renton on his back foot, catching him with some hard- hitting shots.
Theasby took the verdict by unanimous decision.
The final Catholic Club boxer in the ring was another favourite of the large crowd, Ryan Appleby, who was up against M Mason from Middlebeck abc.
Appleby was surprised to find that Mason was having plenty of success by nice ring movement but he got Mason on his back foot and got shots into the head and body.
This was all on the last round, Mason now slowing down and the fitness of Appleby starting to show, and he was getting most shots off.
Appleby taking this, the Catholic Club’s final boxer of the night, by a unanimous decision.