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Boxing: Birtley's treble bid for more ABA glory; SECONDS OUT.

Byline: JOHN GIBSON

BIRTLEY will launch a three-pronged attack on the Senior ABAs, the top national tournament in amateur boxing, when they get under way at Seaham Leisure Centre on Sunday.

Birtley have produced ABA champions like Andrew McLean, Tony Davies, Jon-Lewis Dickinson and David Pendleton and will be hoping that England international star Craig Dixon can follow in such exalted footsteps.

Dixon will fight at 69kg, while stable mates Tom Whitfield and Rob Ismay are entered at 64kg and 75kg respectively.

Other Tyneside hopefuls include Lawrence Osueke of Northumbria at 81kg, North Benwell's Anthony Dillon 48kg, and David Ferguson of Newcastle East End and Daniel Oldham of North Benwell 64kg.

Osueke will once again be pitted against the formidable Karl Thompson (South Durham), who beat him recently at Tynemouth for an Area belt.

David Candlish, of the Blyth Empire School of Boxing, Boldon's Paul Gidney, Anthony Nelson (Horsley Hill), and heavyweight Courtney Clift, who has switched from Northumbria to his old club Lambton Street, are also chasing national glory.

Sunderland have a host of fighters entered - Kirk Gooding, Martin Robinson, Glen Foot, Michael Watson, Darryl Cullerton, Ian Askew, and Warren Baister.

The Junior ABAs begin with the regional preliminary bouts at Wingate Constitutional Club on Tuesday, April 7, with the area finals at Horden Welfare on Sunday, April 19.

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TITLE QUEST: Birtley's Craig Dixon has set his sights on ABA honours
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Mar 24, 2009
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