Hetton Town’s head coach Paul Quarmby spoke of his pride at seeing two of his young boxers put on a good show at their first time in the senior ABA’s
There was mixed fortunes, at the event at Newbiggin Leisure Centre, for the Hetton boxing club as Jordan King won his 81kg semi-final against Sunderland East End’s Liam Knight to book his place in the regional final next Saturday.
Sadly though, Paul’s son, Callum was unable to progress in his 67kg quarter-final bout against Spennymoor’s Gary Dodds.
Callum and Gary were second on the bill in a great night of boxing and produced an extremely tight contest with Dodds looking good on the attack but Quarmby working the counter punches well. Dodds was awarded the contest with a points score of 19-9 but Quarmby had a point deducted in the third round.
His father and coach said: “Callum boxed well against the vastly experienced 25 year-old Gary Dodds who’s had over 70 bouts and represented England. Callum did really well in the first two rounds and used his skill and footwork to keep Dodds at range although Dodds was closing in. In the third round Dodds used his experience and closed in on Callum with body shots which slowed him down, resulting in Dodds going on to a close points win.
“For well over 12 years I have helped & coached other people’s’ children in boxing, I’ve guided them from club level all the way up to National Boxing Champions. I’ve enjoyed the experience of watching them excel and watching the pride across their parents faces but tonight it was my turn and I am so proud of what my son did tonight.”
Dodds went on to lose in the semi-final in the final fight of the night to Lewis Ritson (Forest Hall) but before that Hetton’s second boxer, Jordan King was in action. He defeated Liam Knight in a thrilling contest with a points score of 24-7.
Paul Quarmby said of the bout: “Jordan King was up against big hitting East End boxer Liam Knight. Jordan knew he had to take the fight to Liam to keep off his normal rough and ready style, King landed powerful shots to keep Knight at range. Although Knight was behind on points going in to the final round, he still gave it his all but Jordan just upped his work rate to keep him at distance and went to pick up a good points win.”
The win means King will compete next Saturday at Newbiggin Leisure Centre in the regional final with a chance to become North East senior ABA champion at the first time of asking. The man standing in his way will be Geoff Mullhullond from Leam Lane.
Paul said: “The fight will be another crowd pleaser, but we are confident that Jordan will come through that and progress to the national quarter-finals.”
Daniel Cope (Gus Robinson) LPTS Lewis Ritson (Forest Hall) 23-19 in the 67kg quarter-final.
Jamie Humble (North Benwell) WPTS Kevin Nelson (Plains Farm) 17-11 in the 57kg semi-final.
Anthony Hardy (Horden) WPTS Tom Whitfield (Birtley) 15-8 in the 67kg semi-final.
Lewis Cunningham (Wellington) WPTS Robert Douglas (East Middlesbrough) 32-18 in the 71kg semi-final.
Mohammed Rasaq (Swalwell) WPTS Joe Whitfield (Howden) 10-4 in the 71kg semi-final.
Darren Tindle (Birtley) LPTS Peter Martin (Wellington) 28-12 in the 75kg semi-final.
Lewis Scott (Newbiggin) LPTS Troy Williamson (Natural Progression) 28-18 in the 75kg semi-final.
Lewis Ritson (Forest Hall) WPTS Gary Dodds (Spennymoor) 26-26 C/B 42-41 in the 67kg semi-final.