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Fab three in Mansfield for Junior Finals

Sunderland will have three boxers fighting in Mansfield this weekend aiming to become the national junior champion.

The pick of the three is Sunderland ABC’s Isaac Macleod who has won this competition forImage the last four years.

Macleod continued his road to a fifth consecutive title by beating Wellington’s Ammir Fiaz by a disqualification in the third round. Macleod was in control and Fiaz’s constant holding and pushing got him in trouble with the official.

Lambton Street’s Errel Freeman will also appear in the final. Last weekend Freeman was beaten in the semi-final by Shrewsbury’s James Price.

However, Price came away from the fight injured and has had to pull out meaning Freeman’s touch of good fortune has landed him in a national final.

The third Sunderland finalist will be Macleod’s Sunderland club mate Jack Storey who received a walkover to the final at 85kg, class 5.

Sadly though Sunderland’s two other semi-finalists – Kieran Macdonald (Sunderland) and Thomas Scott (Olympian) were both beaten but did themselves proud in reaching this stage of the competition.

In total the Tyne, Tees and Wear Association have qualified 12 boxers for the finals. They are held in Mansfield at the Civic Centre over two days (Saturday 25 and Sunday 26) w3ith boxing commencing at 1:30pm both days.

Final line-up

Class 4 – boxers born in 1997

46kg Niall Farrell (Kingstanding 2nd City) v Elliot Whale (Nemesis) 

48kg Nicholas Ball (Kirkby) v Jake Spooner (Brentwood)      

50kg Dean Thomson (Roche) v Jack Hillier (Southampton)

52kg Brandon Daord (Everton Red Triangle) v Sid Williams (Moneyfields)

54kg Isaac Milburn (Birtley) v Charlie Kenny (West Ham)

57kg Dalton Smith (Steel City) v Zac Chaima (Finchley) 

60kg Patrick McCann (Kettering School of Boxing) v Danny Barrett (Hooks) 

63kg Kasey Robinson (Phil Thomas School of Boxing) v Jimmy Smith (Repton)   

66kg Matthew Burgess (Leigh) v Mark Dean (Pinewood Starr)

70kg Zac Stabler (Bridlington) v Zak Chelli (Dale Youth)

75kg James Richardson (Scunthorpe) v Mark White (Littlehampton)

80kg Arman Asad (Natural Progression BA) v Viddal Riley (West Ham)  

85kg Joe Saunderson (Knowsley Vale) v Naylor Ball (Dale Youth) 

Class 5 – boxers born in 1996

48kg Scott Rankin (Everton Red Triangle) v Sunny Edwards (Repton)

50kg Andrew Cain (Everton Red Triangle) v Harry Limburn (Eastleigh)

52kg Muhammed Ali (Bury) v Jake Harrison (Brentwood)

54kg Peter McGrail (Everton Red Triangle) v Ben Smith (High Wycombe)       

57kg Connor Jones (Lions) v Jack Brooker (Northolt)

60kg Sahir Iqbal (Bury) v Mason Smith (Finchley)

63kg Danny Wright (Boarshaw) v Jorden Flynn (Repton) 

66kg Daniel Breeze (Walsall Wood) v Eunnis Chaima (Finchley)   

70kg Ikram Hussain (St Francis) v Ellis Delaney (West Ham) 

75kg Errel Freeman (Lambton Street) v Ben Bendall (Heart of Portsmouth) 

80kg Jamal Weaver (Pallister Park) v Jack Bannister (Baker Street) 

85kg Jack Storey (Sunderland) v Billy Lee (Pinewood Starr) 

91kg Zane Conroy (Bilborough Community) v David Adeleye (Dale Youth) 

Class 6 – boxers 1995       

48kg Andrew Winter (Shildon) v Harvey Horn (Repton) 

51kg Maison Reilly (Millennium) v Thomas Kindon (Guildford City) 

54kg Callum French (Birtley) v Danny Arnold (St Pancras) 

57kg Luke McCormack (Birtley) v Archie Sharpe (Lynn AC)

60kg Pat McCormack (Birtley) v Jake Smith (Paddy St Johns)    

63.5kg Lenny Evans (Shrewsbury) v Ted Cheesman (Fisher)

67kg Isaac Macleod (Sunderland) v Jordan Reynolds (West Ham) 

71kg Joseph Stevenson (Walsall Wood) v Yahia Chelli (Dale Youth)   

75kg Tom Whittaker-Hart (Rotunda) v Lewie Edmondson (Golden Ring)      

81kg Akil Knight (JR Gym) v Zane Turner (Torbay) 

86kg Samuel Williams (Wellington) v James Branch (Repton) 

91kg+ Jared Wild (Chesterfield Athletic) v Tom Welch (Brighton & Hove) 

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Title fight tops smashing bill in Newcastle


Newcastle’s road warrior Dougie ‘The Bullet’ Curran tops a professional boxing bill at the O2 Academy in Newcastle tomorrow, fighting at home for an International Masters Bronze title.

The super-featherweight fights the majority of his bouts on the road and a lot of them come at very short notice. That explains his losing 8-17-3 record, despite the fact that he is a good boxer with good amateur experience.

There has been plenty of time for Curran to prepare for this one though, as he returns home to headline Steve Wraith’s (Wraith Promotions) third show in Tyneside.

Curran will be looking to capture a title at the fourth time of asking after previously losing attempts for the International Masters, the British Masters, and the English super featherweight crowns. This time, unlike the others, Curran has home advantage though and at only 24-years-old has time on his side.

The last time he fought in his hometown was in September of last year when he appeared on Wraith’s promotional debut show at the same venue. He was impressive that night against Leroy Smedley, winning via a third round stoppage.

The poster will tell you his opponent is Redcar’s Gavin Reid but that original highly anticipated all-North East clash had to be scrapped after Reid lost via a stoppage on the undercard of Amir Khan’s fight in Sheffield.

Instead Wraith has brought in Pavel Senkovs, a Latvian fighting out of Mansfield with a record 2-57-5.

That record would suggest Curran goes in as favourite, but records don’t always tell the full story and so Curran will have to be at his best if he is to win.

The undercard is stacked with talent from in and around Tyneside including the return of Andrew Buchanan after seven years out.

Buchanan left the sport in 2005 with a 4-1 winning record; his last fight a win over Howard Clarke in Spennymoor, Durham.

He returns after taking time away from the sport to get a full-time job and support his young family but admitted it was always in the back of his mind to return to boxing when asked by Sky Tyne and Wear.

Now at 33, Buchanan is back for another shot in the paid ranks and he sounds very excited to be back. He returns at super-middleweight to fight Dean Walker, Sheffield, 12-36-3, who hasn’t won a bout since 2007.

Buchanan is trained by Micky Duncan and so too is exciting cruiserweight Paul O’Hagan who appears on the bill against Jody Meikle.

Meikle is an entertaining journeyman with a 5-33-1 record and is often seen playing with the crowd in between rounds.

O’Hagan, who has followed Wraith over from the white-collar side of the sport, has made a great start to the professional ranks. He excited in his 28 white-collar bouts winning 24, 17 by stoppage.

As a pro he has won both of his first two bouts via stoppages, firstly beating fellow Tynesider Akash Hussein in 91 seconds and then went on the road to beat Chris Healey in Manchester in March.

One weight down at light-heavyweight unbeaten prospect Rob Ismay will look to move to 8-0 in his contest with Simeon Cover.

Cover, boxing out of Worksop with a 16-55-2 record, may be familiar to North East boxing fans because he fought David Dolan at last year’s Summer Rumble show, losing on points.

‘Issy’ hasn’t boxed since last September after being forced to withdraw from Wraith’s second pro show in November due to injury. It will be interesting to see how he copes with any potential ring rust.

Also currently 7-0, Craig Dixon – boxing under the name Robert – will appear on a bill in Newcastle for the very first time.

The bill is rounded up by Davey Ferguson (boxing under the name Karl) who is making his return after losing his debut fight against William Warburton on Steve’s first show in September.

Akash Hussein was due to be on the bill as well but a cut in sparring forced the Newcastle boxer to have to withdraw. He said he will be back in July where he’ll box on the Summer Rumble bill.

Doors at the O2 Academy in Newcastle open at 4pm with boxing due to commence at 5:15pm. Tickets will be available on the door priced at £30.

*Steve Wraith is keeping busy. Tonight he hosts a dinner show at the Grosvenor Casino in Newcastle, with the special guest speaker none other than heavyweight great David Haye. Upcoming talk shows include Riddick Bowe, Frank Bruno and Evander Holyfield. For tickets and/or more information visit www.wraithpromotions.com

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22 head to Birmingham for ABA Junior Semi-Finals

The Tyne, Tees and Wear will have 22 boxers on show in Birmingham on Sunday in the Junior ABAE national semi-final.

After an incredible season for everyone involved with the TTW association in ttw abaall ABA competitions, the juniors look set to cap it off in style with 20 fighting on Sunday for a place in the final and two already guaranteed their place there.

Wellington’s class 6, 86kg boxer Sam Williams was already guaranteed his route to the final and didn’t even have to lace a glove in the quarter finals in Manchester last weekend.

Sunderland ABC’s Jack Storey did though. He beat Toby Senior (Leigh) in a class 5, 85kg contest and with no other Northern competitors left Storey advances to the finals which take place in Mansfield next Saturday and Sunday (25th and 26th).

First though all eyes are on Birmingham on Sunday as 20 other boxers look to join Williams and Storey.

Two of the 20 will be Storey’s Sunderland club mates Isaac Macleod and Kiaran Macdonald.

Isaac is a four-time ABA champion and had a fantastic 2011 when he also won Tri-Nation and European gold and then earned a silver at the worlds.

After winning the class 5 competition last year, weight issues and complications meant that last week’s quarter final was the first time he’d boxed for almost a year.

That didn’t stop the talented Sunderland amateur though as he beat Jack Rafferty (Northside) in the class 6, 67kg quarter final.

He will now look for two more victories to claim his fifth national title and will then be looking forward to bigger and better things. His interesting semi final is against another TTW boxer in Wellington’s Ammir Fiaz.

Macdonald, on the other hand, is entering the juniors for the first time and has done extremely well to reach the semi-final.

I first saw the youngster box at a Sunderland ABC dinner show last year and his talent was clear on that night. He needed to show it again in Manchester last weekend, and did so, defeating Nathan Armstrong (Currock House) in the class 4, 47kg category.

The quarters did see the end of the road come for two other Sunderland ABC boxers though.

Jamie Bambrough was like Macdonald entering his first junior ABA competition. He wasn’t so lucky in the 50kg weight though, losing to Dean Thompson of Roche ABC.

Travis Waters was the other Sunderland boxer to crash out but had improved on last seasons regional semi-final defeat to reach the national quarters this season. He was beaten by Sahir Iqbal (Bury) in the class 5, 60kg weight.

The city of Sunderland have another two semi-finalists to celebrate as both Thomas Scott (Olympian ABC) and Errol Freeman (Lambton Street) both won.

As the Olympian’s only representative, Scott has impressed in the competition and defeated Chris Keeler (Beartown) to advance to the class 4, 70kg semi final.

Freeman boxing in the class 5, 75kg category was victorious over Morgan Jackson (Roche).

Birley ABC had plenty to shout about too. All five of their boxers won in Manchester and advanced. They were David Robson, Isaac Milburn, Callum French, and Pat and Luke McCormack.

The semi-final takes place this Sunday in Birmingham at the Great Barr Leisure Centre, Aldridge Road, B44 8NU. Boxing is due to start at 1:30pm, with two rings in use.

The full line-up is:

Class 4 – boxers born in 1997

46kg Niall Farrell (Kingstanding 2nd City) v Kiaran McDonald (Sunderland)

48kg Nicholas Ball (Kirkby) v Joseph Wilson (Bishop Auckland)     

52kg Brandon Daord (Everton Red Triangle) v David Robson (Birtley)

54kg Oliver Cassidy (Tamworth) v Isaac Milburn (Birtley)  

60kg Patrick McCann (Kettering School of Boxing) v Anthony Stout (Shildon)

63kg Joseph Jenkins (Hillsborough) v Kasey Robinson (Phil Thomas School of Boxing)

70kg Zac Stabler (Bridlington) v Thomas Scott (Olympian)   

80kg Mitchell Redmond (Solihull) v Arman Asad (Natural Progression BA)

Class 5 – boxers born in 1996

54kg Peter McGrail (Everton Red Triangle) v Adam Cope (Gus Robinson’s)

57kg Connor Jones (Lions) v Jamie Thompson (Wellington)

66kg Daniel Breeze (Walsall Wood) v Cory Fenwick (Horden)  

70kg Ikram Hussain (St Francis) v Jimmy Tyres (Newbiggin)

75kg James Price (Shrewsbury) v Errol Freeman (Lambton Street)

80kg Ryan Hatton (Tamworth) v Jamal Weaver (Pallister Park)

85kg Jack Storey (Sunderland) through to final

Class 6 – boxers 1995

54kg Mason Lynn (Aston) v Callum French (Birtley)

57kg Jack Wood (Wednesbury) v Luke McCormack (Birtley)

60kg Thomas Aitchinson (Knowsley Vale) v Pat McCormack (Birtley)

67kg Ammir Fiaz (Wellington) v Isaac Macleod (Sunderland)

86kg Samuel Williams (Wellington) Through to finals

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Introducing ABAE Elite Champion Josh Kelly

Josh Kelly with his ABAE Elite title and Davey Newth, Director of TTW ABA.

Josh Kelly with his ABAE Elite title and Davey Newth, Director of TTW ABA.

Three weeks ago to the day Houghton and District ABC’s Josh Kelly made history by becoming the first ever Sunderland boxer to win the ABAE Elite championships at the first time of asking.

Even more fitting was the fact that Josh won the event, formally known as the Senior ABAE’s, while it was being hosted in the North East for the first time in the history of the prestigious event.

The momentous achievement from Josh certainly meant a lot to the young boxer and he described it as ‘the happiest moment in my boxing career.’

Josh won the 63.5kg final at the Rainton Meadows Arena, beating Chris Mbwakongo (Lynn ABC) via a unanimous decision. His performance was very impressive and has earned the young boxer many plaudits, including the award of best boxer in Boxing News Magazine.

Josh said of his performance: “I loved every minute of it. The opponent was very good, rangey, and tall. I thought I was faster with my feet and my hands which helped me to out-move and out-box him.

“It went exactly as we planned, to bring him in on the front foot and land some good counter shots. Then when I stepped forward I kept tight and landed some good power shots. Hopefully this will have opened a lot of doors for me and hopefully I have impressed the right people.”

It certainly appears Josh has impressed the right people. In his weekly column in the Sunday Sun Tony Jeffries revealed Josh had been offered some professional deals by a number of promoters but he has stayed amateur to pursue his dream of boxing in the Olympics.

Today Josh was also boxing in Sweden where not only was he representing England again internationally, but he was also captaining the side.

News has just come through that Josh was defeated on points, but the experience of boxing an away international and also the honour of captaining your country, will stand Josh in good stead for the future.

Josh has also recently been included in the GB Development squad, making his Olympic dreams a lot more realistic. He also hasn’t ruled out next year’s Commonwealth games in Glasgow.

He said: “I’m delighted to make the development squad but I am looking to push on and make the podium squad. Qualifying for the Commonwealth games next summer would be a huge feat given the short notice.

“However, with my recent success I wouldn’t rule it out. Hopefully my luck continues. The Rio Olympics in 2016 is definitely my goal though. It would be unbelievable to box at the Olympics and hopefully now it is achievable.”

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Phil Jeffries heads south to Scarborough


The glorious Scarborough Spa venue where tonight’s boxing takes place.

Sunderland promoter Phil Jeffries crosses into North Yorkshire tonight – more precisely the seaside resort of Scarborough – as he hosts another night of professional boxing at The Spa.

In a couple of months the venue will play host to renowned comedian Roy Chubby Brown, but there will be no jokes tonight with Jeffries show headlined by the homecoming of cruiserweight prospect Danny Price.

Price is promoted by Frank Maloney, and with Maloney and Jeffries’ recent working relationship, the latter has been able to arrange this show matching Price with unheralded Czech boxer Michal Bilak.

Speaking to The Spa, Price said: “It is great that I am going to be fighting in Scarborough at such a historic venue. I haven’t fought in town since 2001, so it will be great to get back here.

“My fans have been superb so far and have travelled all over the place to support me. This is a great way for me to thank them, and I hope people will get behind me and come down and support on the night.”

Sunderland’s Kirk Goodings will also box on the bill, looking to stay active after returning north from London. However, because he could not be matched he will instead just box an exhibition against Ben Jackson.

Also appearing on the bill will be South Shields’ David Lake and Darlington’s Neil Hepper.

Trained by Mal Gates, Lake has now lost four on the bounce but ‘Dynamite’ is by no means just an opponent and will be looking to get back to winning ways tonight.

Lake’s recent form is more because of the fact that he has took 50/50 fights against bright prospects rather than fighting journeymen who traditionally come to survive instead of to win.

His contest tonight is expected to be a rematch against Qasim Hussain, who beat Dynamite in the second fight of this four-run winless streak.

However, the bout was very tight and Hussain was the home boxer in Sheffield that time around. David will be looking to avenge that defeat this time around.

Hepper might be familiar to Wearboxing fans for his two explosive brawls with Fishburn’s Gary Fox last year. Both took place at Hartlepool’s Borough Hall and the second clash, which Fox won via fifth round TKO, was for the Northern Area lightweight title.

Since that Hepper rebounded last November with a four round points victory over Arturas Zbarauskas in his hometown of Darlington. He returns tonight looking to move his record to 5-2.

Tommy Ward was expected to be on the bill but unfortunately a cut in sparring has ruled him out.

Boxing starts 7:00pm tonight. Tickets are available for £35 on the doors which open at 6:00pm.

*In other news Ward’s older brother Martin Ward lost in his attempt to capture the vacant British bantamweight title two weeks ago. The promoter of Lee Haskins won the purse bids for the fight despite Jeffries’ best efforts, and as a result Ward was forced to fight in Haskins’ home town of Bristol. Ward lost via a fifth round stoppage.

*We would also like to wish Jamie McDonnell and his promoter Dennis Hobson the best of luck tonight. McDonnell (from Doncaster) fights tonight for the world title against Mexico’s Julio Ceja.

Hobson, the Yorkshire promoter who has recently held shows in Darlington, won the purse bids and the event is held at the Keepmoat Stadium in Doncaster and broadcast on PPV channel PrimeTimeTV.

Darlington’s current bantamweight Commenwealth champion Stuart Hall is on the undercard as well. He boxes Sergio Perales with the IBF inter-continental bantamweight title up for grabs.

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TTW Junior Champions in Quarter Finals

Over two weekends in April the Tyne Tees and Wear (TTW) regional junior ABAE champions were crowned. Now this weekend over the course of today and tomorrow, the boxers who progressed are taking part in the quarter finals.

Hosted by the North West Amateur Boxing Association, our region’s finest junior boxers will be boxing for a place in the national semi-finals.

The event takes place at the Grange School Sports Hall in Manchester. The ttw abawinners will compete in Birmingham next Sunday in the Northern semi-finals.

Lambton Street’s Bobby Begg, who was a class 5 finalist last year walked over to the class 6 71kg quarter final, however he is instead in Sweden today representing England in an international.

Recent ABAE Elite champion Josh Kelly (Houghton) is also competing in Sweden and captains the England team.

The full line-up for the junior quarter finals is as follows:

Class 4 – boxers born in 1997

46kg Nathan Armstrong (Currock House) v Kiaran MacDonald (Sunderland) 

48kg Will Cawley (Oldham) v Joseph Wilson (Bishop Auckland)

50kg Dean Thomson (Roche) v Jamie Bambrough (Sunderland)

52kg Cameron Bagley (Cleator Moor) v David Robson (Birtley) 

54kg Zak Miller (Ashton Albion) v Isaac Milburn (Birtley)

57kg Habil Khan (Hamer) v Jay Hughes (East Durham)

60kg James Andrews  (Carlisle Villa) v Anthony Stout (Shildon)

63kg Jacob Carton (Whitehaven) v Kasey Robinson (Phil Thomas School of Boxing)

70kg Chris Keeler (Beartown) v Tomas Scott (Olympian)

80kg Arman Asad (Natural Progression BA) Walkover to semi finals

Class 5 – boxers born in 1996

50kg Shabaz Masoud (Bridgewater Salford) v Adam Macintock (Natural Progression BA)

54kg George Brennas (Jimmy Egan’s) v Adam Cope (Gus Robinson’s)

57kg Kieron Moore (Bridgewater Salford) v Jamie Thompon (Wellington)

60kg Sahir Iqbal (Bury)  v Travis Waters (Sunderland) 

63kg Danny Wright (Boarshaw) v Joshua Plummer (Spennymoor)

66kg Fawad Azimi (Gloves) v Cory Fenwick (Horden)  

70kg Liam Jones (Hyde & District) v Jimmy Tyres (Newbiggin)

75kg Morgan Jackson (Roche) v Errol Freeman (Lambton Street) 

80kg Tom Hill (Skerton) v Jamal Weaver (Pallister Park)

85kg Toby Senior (Leigh) v Jack Storey (Sunderland)

Class 6 – boxers 1995        

48kg Dillon Manning (Bridgewater Salford) v Andrew Winter (Shildon)

54kg Ryan Fox (Northside) v Callum French (Birtley)

57kg Naheem Chaudhry (Blackburn with Darwen) v Luke McCormack (Birtley)

60kg Jake James (Northside) v Pat McCormack (Birtley)

63.5kg Perry King (Northside) v Ambrose Burnside (Ward Degnans)  

67kg Jack Rafferty (Northside) v Isaac MacLeod (Sunderland)    

75kg Thomas Collins (Ardwick Lads) v James Conlon (Forest Hall)

81kg Akil Knight (JR Gym) v Kieran Robertson (Newbiggin)

86kg Samuel Williams (Wellington) Walkover to finals

*Some of the bouts may already have taken place as boxing started at 12pm. I would like to apologise for the recent lack of updates. Unfortunately I run this site alone and I have just 3 weeks left of my university degree and work is very bust at the moment.

I will post full results and the semi-final line-up as soon as we have them. Once again I would just like to thank you for your continued support and I’d like to assure you normal service will be resumed as soon as my degree is complete.

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Danny ‘Boy’ Hughes reflects on his comeback and future


On April 19 Sunderland heavyweight prospect Danny ‘Boy’ Hughes returned after over 18 months out of the ring during the co-promoted show from Phil Jeffries and Frank Maloney.

Hughes won on points 40-36 after a comfortable four rounds with Czech fighter Ladislav Kovarik. The bout was on the undercard of Loaded and Ready, which was topped by the British title fight between Jon-Lewis Dickinson and Mike Stafford. We hear from Danny about that fight and about his future.

1) How happy were you with the win?

I was happy with the win I felt I could of finished it earlier but I was just glad to be back fighting.

2) Were you happy with the performance?

I was comfortable in there and didn’t really get out of first gear. But after being out for a year and a half, and with the opponent just being there to survive, I felt it was an okay performance.

3) Are you disappointed at all to not get a stoppage?

Yeah I was pretty disappointed I didn’t get out of first gear, but I hurt him in the first round and he didn’t want to know after that.

4) You did catch him with a good few shots though didn’t you?

Yeah I caught him with some good solid single shots but he was very good at surviving so I found it difficult to get the combinations in to finish the job.

5) Was their any rust there at all then after all the time out?

Yeah I felt a little rusty but I’m sure I’ll be back to myself in my next fight.



6) How tricky was Ladislav Kovarik?

He was never a threat but these fighters are good survivors and that made him pretty tricky.


7) Was it a relief to be back in action?

I was glad to be back and I can’t wait to see when my next fight will be!


8) Is staying active important for you now you’re back?

Staying active is a very important part of boxing and I intend to stay as active as possible till I retire.

9) When are you hoping to be back out?

I’m hoping to get out within the next 2 months.


10) Phil Jeffries has announced his annual Summer Rumble show for July 7th at The Stadium Of Light. Would you like to be on that bill?

I would love to get on the stadium show I had my first ever pro fight there 6 year ago [A 4th round TKO win over Lee Webb].


The future looks bright for Hughes and before the fight he said that he’d be dissapointed if he didn’t get at least a British title. If he can stay active, he certainly has the quality.

Keep it with Wearboxing for all future news on Danny Hughes and all North East boxers!