Im­pres­sive dis­play of lo­cal tal­ent com­ing through

Sunday Sun - - Boxing -

STEVE Wraith cel­e­brated his sixyear an­niver­sary as a pro­fes­sional box­ing pro­moter in style last Satur­day as he co­pro­moted a crack­ing show at the Lan­cas­trian Suite. Wraith pro­moted the eight-bout bill along­side Phil Jef­fries, who missed a great night of ac­tion in Dun­ston to be ring­side as Lewis Rit­son (un­der his man­age­ment) con­tin­ued his fairy­tale rise in the sport with an­other vic­tory in Birmingham ahead of the Oc­to­ber 13 big home­com­ing.

One thing this show on Ty­ne­side dis­played was the im­pres­sive amount of tal­ent com­ing through in the re­gion.

Lawrence Osueke is a fine ex­am­ple and he recorded his first stop­page vic­tory on the card against Poland’s Kamil Kul­czyk to re­main un­beaten.

Ex-mixed mar­tial artist Kyle Red­fearn got the evening’s other stop­page win, end­ing things with Jin­drich Velecky in the sec­ond round af­ter a pow­er­ful dis­play. The MTK-signed fighter moved to 7(5)-0.

Fel­low MTK fighter Jay Hughes was also vic­to­ri­ous in one of two all-North East clashes on the bill. It’s al­ways en­cour­ag­ing to see fight­ers will­ing to risk their un­beaten sta­tus in or­der to put on a good fight for fans and Jay Hughes and Kris Pilk­ing­ton should be com­mended for the ac­tion they pro­vided. It was al­ways an en­ter­tain­ing scrap that ul­ti­mately went Hughes’ way by score­card of 39-37.

The third MTK fighter on the bill also re­mained un­beaten, although he had to set­tle for a draw. Dar­ren Reay admit­ted it was an off night for him as he tired against Rus­sian Boris Shikunov with ref­eree Ron Kear­ney scor­ing 57-57.

In the evening’s other North East dery, New­cas­tle’s Zaki Shirzad made an ex­plo­sive start to his pro­fes­sional de­but, only to run out of gas and lose on points to Adam Hutchin­son.

Round­ing up the ac­tion, prospects Joe Hill and Chad El­lis both re­mained un­beaten, while Manch­ester-based Ge­ordie Dean Laing also won in his home­com­ing.

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