Meadows serves up a Sunday treat


Foot and Ward claim impressive points victories 

(Images courtesy of Rob Chambers and Memories Sporting & Events Photography)

Ahead of his English eliminator early next year Glenn Foot headlined promoter Phil Jeffries’ ‘cream of the crop’ show at the Rainton Meadows Arena.

The heavy hitting former prizefighter champion took a well battled points success over a determined William Warburton. For all which Foot threw at the visitor there seemed some kind of answer but the Sunderland fighter had enough in his tank to progress with a 59-57 result.

The undercard was highlighted by Martin Ward’s first outing since his world title disappointment against Stuey Hall but showed no ill effect. In fact, in stepping up to super bantamweight, the former British and Commonwealth holder more than showed class against Ghanaian challenger, Isaac Owusu.

Owusu proved to be the ideal opponent for the step up in division for the West Rainton fighter and, although experienced, may well have been surprised by the manner of Ward’s success.

Over the six rounds it has probably been some time since fight fans have seen Ward look so comfortable, so at ease, and it suited him massively.

What happens next with Ward is anyone’s guess but afterwards said: “Owusu was an experience opponent but I found that, from the early stages of the fight, he was slower than I expected him to be.

“It was good to be able to get back in there and get some good, quality rounds behind me. Throughout I boxed to the instruction of Neil Fannon and I was comfortable and it showed in my performance. I’ve boxed at super featherweight, featherweight and bantamweight but felt that this, now, makes things easier.

“It’s now a case of roll on 2015 and hopefully bring some more title back to the North East, as for who I’d face, anyone really, I will take anything I’m offered.”


The remaining bouts on the undercard was see a soul destroying stoppage loss for Lyndon Watt when, having been put down twice in the first, it was all over within fourteen seconds of the restart against Pole Roma Glowarcz.

There was also to be victories for Cameroonian Thomas Essomba over six rounds, as well as Jonson McClumpha and Middlesbrough’s John Green. The latter bringing his increasingly vociferous army of supporters to the dance.

Throughout it all there was the enigmatic motions and crowd controlling from Brian Houshby, himself both a character and a gentleman.



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