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Hooks ABC’s Nathan Brown successfully defends English light-flyweight title in Sunderland

PUBLISHED: 15:30 22 February 2016 | UPDATED: 10:52 07 March 2016

Hooks ABC ace Nathan Brown (right) alongside his coach Steve Newland

Hooks ABC ace Nathan Brown (right) alongside his coach Steve Newland

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Hooks ABC ace Nathan Brown had reason to be cheerful on Saturday night after successfully defending his English light-flyweight title for the first time in Sunderland.

The 18-year-old, competing in the 49kg category, was in impressive form as he got the better of Kieran McDonald (Sunderland ABC) at the Rainton Meadows Arena.

Brown came into the fight on the back of an impressive victory against Ben Norman (Shepshed ABC) at York Hall last month and showed no real signs of letting up against McDonald, who was on his home turf.

Brown started brightly with some fast combinations and telling right hands giving him the lead in the first round.

McDonald battled back bravely in the next round, but the Hooks man kept him on the back foot with a series of fast jabs as the fight went into the final round.

Brown was not too be denied though, as he secured victory via an unanimous decision. The youngster will make his second title defence against Andrew Winter (Shildon ABC) on March 13 at York Hall.

Hooks coach Steve Newland said on the victory: “It was a great performance from Nathan to win it, especially front a very noisy, local crowd. He didn’t get intimidated by that and deservedly won the contest.

“There was a great atmosphere and Nathan just took it all in his stride.

“Kieran (McDonald) is a highly-rated England international, so yet again Nathan is showing he is progressing very well.

“I hope we can get as many local people down to support Nathan in his next title fight on March 13.”

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