Sur­tees and co star in lat­est glow­ing ad­ver­tise­ment for North-east box­ing

Boxing News - - Action - Roy Kelly

NORTH-EAST box­ing is hardly shy of cham­pi­ons between the 135 to 147lb marks. New­cas­tle’s light­weight punch­ing sen­sa­tion Lewis Rit­son has just clinched the Lons­dale Belt out­right, while at Com­mon­wealth level, Glenn Foot is the ruler at su­per-light­weight and his Sun­der­land neigh­bour, Josh Kelly, the new king at wel­ter.

An­other su­per-light­weight from the re­gion is hop­ing to join the party af­ter ex­tend­ing his win­ning run to eight bouts on the eighth ‘Sum­mer Rum­ble’ show. Dar­ren Sur­tees re­turned to the ring at the Sta­dium of Light, where he con­vinc­ingly out­pointed Wil­liam

War­bur­ton over six rounds. Af­ter a year out, 18 min­utes with the crafty vet­eran was just what the Thornley puncher re­quired. Wily “Warby” had al­ready ru­ined two win­ning records in 2018, but there was no way Sur­tees was go­ing to be­come a vic­tim.

If the sea­soned Ather­ton man fan­cies a job, a home favourite can find him­self in bother, but when Sur­tees im­me­di­ately thrust out his jab and rat­tled in some spite­ful hooks to the body, War­bur­ton kept his dis­tance. Box­ing ac­cu­rately to the or­ders of coach Dave Binns, Sur­tees main­tained controlled ag­gres­sion and the North­ern Area 140lb belt-holder took the 60-54 ver­dict from ref­eree Ron Kear­ney.

The same of­fi­cial han­dled the rest of the card (all four-rounders) with aplomb, and he awarded a 40-35 vic­tory to an­other North-east boxer look­ing to climb the rank­ings, this time at lightheavy­weight.

Af­ter three points wins in three months, New­cas­tle’s gifted Lawrence

Osueke looked like achiev­ing his first stop­page when he felled Latvia’s Edgars

Sniedze with a short left hook in round one. The Baltic bat­tler was up at ‘three’ and pro­ceeded to frus­trate the for­mer Team GB man, though Lawrence looked a class act when he got his jab go­ing.

The Hill broth­ers ex­tended their 100 per cent records in style in two of the best con­tests, though, to be fair, there were nu­mer­ous can­di­dates on a su­perb bill pro­moted by the Sun­der­land­new­cas­tle al­liance of Phil Jef­fries and Steve Wraith.

Joe Hill launched mat­ters with a third-round stop­page of debu­tant Matt

John­son. The Red­car wel­ter­weight’s head shots found the mark ev­ery time, but John­son was still very much in it un­til a bril­liant left-right com­bi­na­tion put him down. While up at ‘nine’, the Le­ices­ter man was un­steady and Mr Kear­ney counted him out at 1-20.

Tom Hill, the younger of the sib­lings, had “One Bomb” em­bla­zoned on his black shorts, but he in­stead threw clus­ters at an­other Leicestershire fighter in Wigston’s Michael Wil­liams. Hill was ir­re­sistible thanks to his ar­ray of com­bi­na­tions to head and body, but “Duck Boy” took ev­ery­thing thrown at him and fought strongly un­til the fi­nal bell, earn­ing a share of the last round. Tom tri­umphed 40-37.

The away cor­ner, with pos­si­bly just two ex­cep­tions, came to win and that was the case when Zy­gi­man­tas Butke­vi­cius fought back strongly against Fer­ry­hill’s

Terry Ty­ers. The home fighter had the bet­ter of the first half, but the Hull-based Lithua­nian took the third, and when a right-left smacked into Terry’s head in the fourth an up­set ap­peared pos­si­ble. How­ever, Ty­ers pulled out a thump­ing left hook to the head which stopped Butke­vi­cius in his tracks and fol­lowed up with a sus­tained as­sault, prompt­ing Mr Kear­ney to in­ter­vene at 1-36.

Two ex­plo­sions erupted dur­ing the penul­ti­mate fight – an ex­plo­sion of vi­o­lence from new New­cas­tle crowd favourite, Joe Laws, fol­lowed by an ex­plo­sion of noise when his huge Toon Army cel­e­brated a fourth-round de­but tri­umph. Laws at­tacked Syl­wester Wal­czak from all an­gles. Off the Birt­ley ABC pro­duc­tion line, he al­most broke the game Pole in half with his body hooks and while a lot of his wild swings to the head missed, it was in­evitable some would get through.

They did in the last. A left hook and then a right wob­bled Wal­czak, who went down af­ter two fur­ther right hooks to his head. Up at ‘eight’, his pun­ish­ment was ended at 2-16 by the ref­eree.

An­other New­cas­tle debu­tant, Ter­ence Wilkin­son, also tasted vic­tory when Rit­son’s For­est Hall sta­ble­mate handed Na­heem Chaudhry a birth­day beat­ing. Wilkin­son, with Lewis’ dad, Davy Rit­son, in the cor­ner, went through an im­pres­sive reper­toire of punches to take a 40-36 shutout against the Black­burn boxer.

THE VER­DICT The North East’s new un­beaten wave of tal­ent make ‘Sum­mer Rum­ble 8’ a show to savour.


STILL UN­BEATEN: Su­per-light­weight prospect Sur­tees is now 8-0 (5)

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