Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

A Knockout End to the Season as Birtley Put on a Real Capital Show

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

A Knockout End to the Season as Birtley Put on a Real Capital Show

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Byline: JOHN GIBSON

BIRTLEY rounded off a fairytale season by claiming a treasure trove of medals with a capital performance in the Haringay Cup, which attracted more than 400 boxers from throughout Europe.

The Tyneside club claimed three gold medals, three silver and two bronze at London''s prestigious open air show over four days at the famous Alexander Palace which brings the curtain down on one of their best seasons ever.

It meant Birtley claimed the team trophy itself against the cream of opposition.

Finals day saw Birtley with six boxers through and the team result hinged on England international Craig Dixon securing gold - which he duly did in style.

Dixon turned in three top performances, showing his ability to adapt against different opposition.

In the final he boxed tough Eastern European Karl Ozimkowski and took control from the off with terrific straight one-twos, counters and right uppercuts to win on unanimous points.

Ray McFerson boxed another Eastern European fighter in Amando Mucca, but used his height and reach to strike gold with a unanimous points victory.

The third gold was claimed by Mark White, who came through a tough semi-final against double national champion James Cawley from Eastside.

This was a terrific win for White as he had just come back after a two-year lay off. He won the final comfortably against Daniel Newth from Southend.

Tom Whitfield, Billy Dean Dolan and Dave Hardcastle took silver.

Whitfield beat the Norwegian No.2 in his first contest and in the semis defeated England international Marcus Poston with a great display of boxing skills.

The final against another top performer Gary Cocoran from London was a tough battle, and Whitfield sustained a badly damaged wrist in the first round.

However, he still battled on and could have taken the decision - but just lost on majority points. …

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