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Leather twins steal the show; BOXING.

Byline: ADAM STEEL

TWIN brothers Kallum and Josh Leather claimed two out of 12 home wins from 16 bouts on Wellington ABC's show at the Billingham Synthonia club.

Competing in front of a full house as boxing returned to the two-tiered venue for the first time in 25 years, the Guisborough 19-year-olds made it a family double in the senior part of the show.

Light-welterweight Kallum stepped out of National Boys' Clubs title winner Josh's shadow, using classy footwork and angles to beat Kyle Nicholas from Bilton Hall ABC on majority points in a display which earned the Best Boxer of the Night award.

Lightweight Josh celebrated a repeat win over Liverpool Long Lane's tough Ryan Mulcahy - who he beat 15-12 on the way to the national title - on unanimous points - in a real back-and-forth crowd-pleaser.

Jon Ali won the Best Junior of the Night award by beating Jake Walls from Houghton and District on majority points.

And the Best Wellington Senior Boxer trophy went to lightweight Tom McGirr for his unanimous decision victory over West Durham's Jake Jarrett.

Wellington ABC head coach John Dryden was happy to see the show go off so successfully at the Billingham club, where he made his amateur boxing debut as an 11-year-old in the 1950s.

He said: "It was an excellent show - and I'm hard to please normally - with a full house and the crowd were pleased going by what people said."

Middlesbrough-based Wellington won three out of four show-opening schoolboy contests through Haroon Malik, Reece Robinson and Curtis Graham.

After a debut defeat, Malik tasted victory after being awarded a unanimous decision over Owen Turbitt (Horsley Hill).

Robinson stopped Ethan Swainston in the second round of another light flyweight bout and flyweight Graham beat Swainston's Bilton Hall team-mate Aaron Wright on majority points.

Wellington went 50-50 in the junior part of the show.

Lively handful Lee Hatfield took a unanimous verdict against Daniel Clark (Newcastle College) at lightweight before Ali's prize-winning victory.

Flyweight Corey Cook did well to go the distance against North Shields body puncher Peter Imeson, who ran out a unanimous winner.

And bantamweight Jack Wilkins also travelled the distance in a unanimous loss to Ryton's Jack Rogers.

Wellington's success spilled over into the senior bouts, with a fantastic seven out of eight wins, kicked off by a hat-trick from the Leather twins and McGirr.

Light-welterweight Haroon Hussain fended off Mick Whitworth (Newbiggin) for a unanimous decision.

And southpaw light-middleweight, Sean Bennett, 18, overcame a two-year age and three kilogram weight deficit to overcome Houghton's counter puncher Steven Patchett for a majority decision and his second win from two bouts.

Middleweight Tom Riley saw off Kristian Adams (Forest Hall) on unanimous points.

Light-heavyweight Louis Robson lost by a unanimous outcome to Aycliffe namesake Craig Robson.

Heavyweight Elliott Crow produced his best performance to date for a unanimous win over Newcastle College's Chavez Pattinson.

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RED ALERT: Kallum Leather has his arm raised aloft after outpointing Kyle Nicholas on the Wellington ABC amateur show
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Geographic Code:8NEWZ
Date:Jan 25, 2011
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