Lambton finest ready for Stadium of Light show

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Lambton Lads ready to show their mettle at Stadium of Light

With a stacked card at the Stadium of Light’s Montgomery Suite this Friday night, Lambton Street’s ‘The Return of the Magnificent 16’ will see their five Senior fighters, headlined by Jordan Rought, and a plethora of Juniors, appear for the season curtain-raiser.

A father & son pairing of Ashley and Leon Hamilton will be joined by Danny Hopper, Jimmy Stevens, Reece Green and company as well as Gina Jefferson making her debut for the Female Section.

Amiably coached by the experienced Tony Austin, himself a veteran of the regions fight game, the Lambton Seniors and Juniors came on leaps and bounds last season culminating in successful trips to Monkstown and Celtic Box Cups, Stevens and Green pulling in success for the Sunderland-based club.

Austin, along with Clark and Brown and the other coaches at Lambton Street constantly volunteer their time at the club’s Sunderland base. It’s difficult but, in order to be the best you have to beat the best and with the professional-mannered set-up they have instilled it’s only a matter of time but the success becomes a more regular occurrence.

Speaking ahead of the first show of the new season Coach Austin was optimistic and excited of the challenges which lie ahead for his burgeoning squad. In an interview over the summer when the new season’s outings were announced Head Coach Tony Austin said: “Their preparation will be as intense and fantastic as it always is and they’re happy with what is happening which is the main thing.

“I’m delighted that Gina has come through and will appear on our first show of the season, she’s been coming along nicely. Gina, along with a few other girls that I’ve no doubt Simone and Kat will add later in the season as well so it’ll be interesting to see what comes of those as time progresses.

“There’s plenty to look forward to though and we’ve got a very strong with an amazing set of characters going into the new season so, in 2-3 years’ time there’ll be a lot to talk about. With the Female Section already going great then there’s a strong set of open class fighters here as well – Cassap, Mackintosh, Rought, McKinley and co.

“They’ll be mentally strong and fighting fit this year. A few started off coming to just get fit and are now boxing have caught the bug for the sport again. They’ve a real focus both in and out of the gym now.”

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For the Hamilton’s it will be a special occasion, the duo fighting on the same card for the first time with 28-year-old Ashley saying: “I’m looking forward to having a good season with us both fighting side-by-side.

“It’ll be nervous for the both of us really but I’m sure things will be alright on the night, we just want to get in there and go for it. As for being back in the mix, it’s good to be back after six years out due to starting a family but it’s a little harder now and I’ve lost about 15kg since which has been a killer, sticking to the diet but I enjoy it.”

Ashley will be looking at a good array of fights this season and could reach double figures with the tournaments on offer and, should he do so, will double the amount of fights combined from his first stint in the sport six years ago along with last season.

His son, 10-year-old Leon, took up boxing a couple of years ago, following in father’s footsteps and looking to make an impression. He added: “I’m nervous but happy about it and really can’t wait for the show.

“I’ve been training for this for about a year and a half now and will be just looking at getting a good feel of things when I step in the ring and then I want to have a few skills bouts this year and start competing next season.”

In the Hopper household father Danny, at 29, will be looking to return to the ring in the near future after a lengthy spell out due to the boxing boards’ previous standing on diabetics. Now that has changed he is returning with gusto having had a number of fights as Junior himself.

“Having boxed as a Junior myself I felt I could give it another go now thanks to England Boxing changing their rules,” said Danny.

“I’ve had Diabetes since I was 16 and, although I’ve done my coaching badges over the past three years as well I wanted to come back and fight on the same show as my son (Danny Jnr). We’ve always done stuff together and, when I spoke to Tony (Austin) he’s been a great help and he’s loving it all.”

Danny Junior meanwhile, at 10-years-old, is ready to give it a go and, with the medical card firmly signed off and tucked away, will walk into the ring on Friday with confidence and support from those around him.

He added: “Although I’ll be nervous on the day I think I’ll be focussed, excited and looking forward to getting out there.

“The support I’ve received from my parents has been important for me and its help boost my confidence over the past few years. Now though I want to impress a few people and go on to win championships after I’ve done my skills bouts.”

Alongside Jordan Rought and his fellow Seniors – Warren Cassap, Anth Mackintosh, Anth Austin, Ryan Daley et al is the debut of upcoming Lambton Street female boxer, Gina Jefferson, who is the first female to appear for the club since Ladies Coach Simone Clark.

Headlined by Rought, Sunderland’s Stadium of Light plays host to Lambton Street ABC’s ‘The Return of the Magnificent 16’ on the night of Friday September 18. Tickets priced at £15 Standard and £30 VIP are available from http://www.brnp.co.uk or calling the ticket line 07541667679.

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