A look back at the North East’s Rising Stars

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(Images courtesy of Singe Vert Photography)

Buchanan becomes Matchroom’s Rising Star

Amid the hype surrounding the arrival of Matchroom Boxing to the North East and the potential debut of Jeff Saunders; it was to be West Denton’s super middleweight, Andrew Buchanan, who would steal the limelight.

Saunders was unfortunately pulled in the hours leading up to the Relentless Promotions’ Rising Stars show at the Gateshead Leisure Centre so it was left to the six round affair between Andrew Buchanan and Mark Till to headline.

One of three Fighting Chance Promotions recent additions, Buchanan, under the guidance and tutelage of his former coach and mentor, Ronnie Rowe, took centre stage with such grace and aplomb that he belittled his age, rolling back the years.

Taking the bout to his opponent from opening bell to the final call the contest contained much action and intrigue, it was a battle.

Till gave everything, Buchanan gave more.

They battled tooth and nail, Buchanan even inflicting a minor one count on his opponent at the start of the fifth – he read little into that one, Till proving as durable as they come.

“I knew that little count wasn’t a knock down so I didn’t look at it too much,” said Buchanan after his eighth win as a professional, and still unbeaten since his return.

“He (Till) had some tactics in there which he stuck to throughout but my aim was to box for six and to show what I had learnt in the gym over the past five and a half weeks.

“It’s great to be back and the whole Fighting Chance team deserve a mention for getting me ready for this and I knew that, if I stuck to my movement and footwork then everything would work out.

“It was also a privilege to be top of the bill, I was taken aback by the news when I found it but I think I lived up to it.”

Relentless Promotions MD, Steve Wraith said of Buchanan’s bill-topping performance: “We’re delighted to see Andy back and he’s looking a much better, all round fighter.

“He gave a fine, accomplished performance and we feel he’s looking towards an English title shot later on this year.”

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(Above, Steve Cooper, left, uses his reach to threaten opponent Joe Brailsford as the Darlington fighter claimed a PTS4 success; and below, Abdon Cesar, left, uses his strength and power to overcome Jack Heath, again with a PTS4 victory)

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On the undercard Darlington’s Steve Cooper opened the show with an accomplished, workmanlike performance when ousting Joe Brailsford; Paul O’Hagan however fell short in his comeback when he was stopped in the third by Tony Cruise.

Ringstar Promotions big-hitter Basi Razaq, who’d scored three stoppages in his opening three professional outings 2014 began the new year with a draw against tough journeyman, William Warburton.

It was the hard fight everyone expected and it showed as Razaq threw everything at his opponent but to no real avail.

Teesside’s Cameroon Olympian also impressed as he picked up a points success against Jack Heath in his first bout in the region following six on the road.

Afterwards promoter Steve Wraith added: “This was a new challenge for us and I’m delighted with how the show went and we look forward to working more with Matchroom in the future.

“It was a mixed bag of $results and that’s what the fans want, not five or six home wins. Overall we felt it was a huge success, we had a great response from the amateur sales and there’s now some scope for a Rising Stars II at the same time next year.”

Next up is ‘Geordie Roar’ at the Metro Radio Arena on April 4




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Posted on 16/02/2015, in Boxing, Fighting Chance, Wraith Promotions and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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