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TN's beaten BUCS squad plans to come back fighting; UNIVERSITY BOXING.

NORTHUMBRIA University will come back stronger after four of their five fighters suffered defeats in the 2016 BUCS Boxing Championships at Sport Central.

Harry Westgate won his opening bout with a technical knockout.

However, Ryan Towler, Christina Kerridge, Molly Chester and Adriana Everett all fell to losses.

Milo Volpicelli beat Towler by unanimous decision, despite the latter putting Volpicelli to the floor in the second with a big body shot.

Towler was fighting in the 60-64kg intermediate final and felt he learnt a lot from the challenge.

Towler said: "It was a totally different fight to anything I have been involved with before so it is like a new experience.

"I am going to have a week or two off and then on April 27 Northumbria University are hosting a boxing show and I will hope to fight on that again."

Elsewhere, Westgate brushed aside Tammur Sajid by TKO in the first round of his 60-64kg novice match. Westgate produced a devastating opening in which he beat his opponent within 20 seconds of the bell to complete a memorable performance.

"It is just the start," was the reaction from Kerridge as she was beaten by TKO in the third round of her fight against Katherine MacVarish.

"I have only been boxing since September so to box now I think is pretty good in itself."

Everett felt the referee's decision to award opponent Catherine Holst a TKO victory was 'premature' in her 69-75kg novice final fight while still reflecting on a 'fair result.'.

She came unstuck against a much taller opponent with a greater reach and Everett feels she can learn from the experience.

She added: "I know I can take a lot more but I think it has made me realise what weight class I need to be - maybe the next one down." The final fight for Northumbria University students saw Chester face off with Georgia Polomba.

Polomba proved too difficult an opponent for Chester as she won by TKO in the first round after the referee had called for a pause.

The next event for the university will be the boxing show hosted on the April 27 with the TN hopefuls ready for round two.

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| Team Northumbria boxers in action at the BUCS Boxing Championships at Sport Central. Pictures: BEN HUTCHINSON

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Date:Feb 12, 2016
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