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Wraith Signs New Fighters And Old


It has been a busy week for local Promoter and Manager Steve Wraith who has signed local light heavyweight Lawrence Osueke and returning former Northern Area Lightweight Title Holder John Green who is based in Darlington. ” I am delighted to add both lads to my growing stable. Both fighters want to keep busy and with me linking up full time with Phil Jeffries that is not going to be an issue. “Many folk in the boxing world have always been under the impression that there was an intense rivalry between the two local promoters but Wraith insists that was never the case. ” Phil gave me a chance in the boxing world and I took it with both hands. I had to find my feet on my own and I have done just that, but the time has come, for the good of boxing in the North East for us to join forces and work together full time and that is really good news for all North East fighters.”

Wraith also played his part in last mon the big event at the Metro Radio Arena which saw Lewis Ritson and Josh Kelly impress in front of their home fans. ” It was a delight to work with Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing once again and Eddie was delighted with how far we have all come up here in a short space of time. It my job and Phils to now build on this success and start the conveyor belt and find more exciting new talent to nurture and grow and deliver to the nation via Eddie and his great team”

Wraith continues to bring the big names to the area for after dinner speaking events which I am always delighted to be involved in and November 2nd sees me team up with Ricky Hatton at the Lancastrian Suite in Dunston. Tickets are flying out on Group On and can also be picked up at

Summer Rumble 8

Joe Hill felt his way into his contest and ended it in some style with a 3rd round stoppage against Matt Johnson

Terry Tyres won in 4th round but had a tough afternoon against Zygimantas Butkevicius from hull. A cut above Tyres right eye caused him difficulty but an impressive finish from Tyres ended the journeymans hopes.

Naheem Chaudry of Blackburn took on Terry Wilkinson of Walker and was no match for the geordie debutant who ran out a 40-36 winner

Tom ‘one bomb’ hill took on Michael williams who entered the ring in a mexican sombrero. It was a technical display from The 2nd hill brother who came out on top 40-37.

Lawrence Osueke was never troubled by Edgar sneidze in another four rounder. Osueke threw the cleaner shots and had his opponent down for a count in the first round. 40-35 in favour of the home fighter.

Joe Laws from Newcastle had the stadium of light rocking with over 300 fans making the trip to wearside for his debut against sylvester walzcack and he stopped his opponent 90 seconds into the 3rd round with a barrage of punches.

The final bout saw Darren surtees return to the ring with and beat William Warburton unanimously over 6 rounds.

Scott Westgarth 1986 – 2018: A Personal Tribute


I’ve known Scott Westgarth for nearly five years with myself being a sports & music journalist and he a professional boxer, originally from the north-east.

However, as February 2018 comes to an end the boxing world woke to the news that, at the age of just 31, Scott had passed away, no age really.

Scott had so much to offer still in the boxing world, I know, I’d interviewed him plenty over the past few years, and his winning on Saturday night would have meant my doing his PR for him permanently as well…

We’d talked about his dream of winning the British light heavyweight title but how he’d only given himself a limited time-frame due to his age – now we’ll never know his full potential.

John Westgarth, Scott’s father, is a well known figure in their native Newcastle, he having forged a pro boxing career of his own and fought Glenn McCrory at one point, we can only begin to imagine what the family are going through.


Anyway, one thing that is a shame is that Scott never got to fought as a professional in his native north-east.

When he was up for the Hardwick Hall show in April last year talk was fresh about the possibility of Scott challenging for the Northern Area title, we had a good laugh, made plans for going forward.

He got a shot at the English though, Scott having enjoyed a ten round eliminator against Dec Spelman in Doncaster at the weekend.

It was to be a fight that Scott won ensuring he’d challenge for the English light heavyweight title (against the winner of Liam Conroy and Miles Shinkwin), unfortunately it was to be his last though for, as events unfolded at the Dome, Scott went and made himself immortal.

His family will, without question, be devastated, the SBC Unit and the boxing family will be in a state of shock, and I’m not afraid to admit that I have shed a few tears at the loss of a good friend.

See you around Scott, and thank you x

Peter Mann Media & PR

READ Westgarth Wanting A Tyneside War

Scott Westgarth 7-2-1(2) 1986 -2018



Darlington to become the next boxing hotbed?


Newcastle, Sunderland, and now Darlington, are proving, over time, to be hotbeds within professional boxing.
Darlington has enjoyed a flourishing amateur scene in recent years, more so at the gyms ran by Andy Marksby, and Paul Hamilton (previously at DBMA at the Echo Arena), with Troy Williamson the most recognised to have turned over in recent times.
Now, Tyneside promoter-manager, Steve Wraith continues to make an impact in the County Durham town, along with Peter Shepperson, who took over from Hamilton at DBMA.
Having added management abilities to his repertoire Wraith cut his teeth with then-returning Darlington favourite, Neil Hepper who, after a spell in the wilderness, is now on the cusp of titles; he also added Carl Wilson to the mix and took the sport back to the Dolphin Centre last November.
Hepper has recently been joined in the Darlington fold by Mark Downing (who’ll debut in December), Chrissy Wood, Richard O’Neill, another debutant, Ellis Corrie, the latter trio, along with Chris Burton, under Shepperson’s tutelage (he also trains world title challenger Stuart Hall).
“I’ve been here for three years now and took out my pro licence at the start of this year because Chrissy asked me to,” began Shepperson.
“Because of that I’ve been helping Stuey (Hall) who I’ve known for years and got involved with Steve (Wraith).
“The lads are in the gym all the time which is good as they not only want to stay in shape but they want to fight regularly as well, which is what we are doing.”
Chrissy, who returned to the ring at St James’ Park after a four year hiatus, already has one and possibly another, fight lined up between now and the end of the year.
Defeating Russ Midgley over four last time out he steps up to eight in Sheffield on October 13 (Sam Sheedy’s Commonwealth undercard) against undefeated home fighter, Ramzy Nassa he added: “I never wanted to walk away though and always wanted to get back in there and box again.
“Knowing of (Neil) Hepper and (Carl) Wilson, and what people like Steve (Wraith) are doing in the area helped me make up my mind to return.
“I want to win titles though and to be in for the Area title within twelve months. Actions speak louder than words though and I believe I’m good enough.
“I’ve been doing a lot of work with Stuey Hall (who’s training for the Matchroom show on Tyneside later this month) and that’s good for me as he’s really good at what he does and still has a lot to give.”
O’Neill meanwhile spent the early years of his career at Hartlepool’s Gus Robinson’s Gym before recently taking the option to break contract and move from Hartlepool to Darlington in the search for more opportunities.
“I want more fights, to be out regular and competing in the ring,” stated O’Neill.
“I was last out in March against a lad that was 6’ 5” and it was a fight I shouldn’t have taken really, had all sorts of issues in the build-up.
“Now, not only will I go on the road, I want to start challenging for the Area title in the near future and have what, five or six fights next year.”
The unknown quantity, and most recent addition to Wraith’s stable is Ellis Corrie, a former Muay Thai champion who has won titles at home, and abroad, during a stellar career.
Changing sports has been an interesting transition and, as he looks to fast-track himself into the title mix, it’ll be interesting to see what he does next, his debut scheduled for Darlington later this year.
He added: “I’ve just been playing the waiting game and training just as a boxer for a few months now.
“I’m ready to go now and want at least one fight before the end of the year, maybe more.
“I’m willing to go on the road as I’ve travelled around the globe anyway and had similar calibre fighters whilst doing five, three minute rounds as it is.”
All five of Steve’s fighters will be appearing at the Dolphin Centre’s Xmas Cracker on the afternoon of Saturday December 2 with standard tickets £37.50 and VIP (which includes a one course xmas dinner) at £55, tickets available from all fighters or from 
Published in the Sunday Sun

O’Neill swaps Hartlepool for Darlington


Super middleweight, Richard O’Neill, has left the Gus Robinson’s Gym, ran by Peter Cope Snr and Alan Temple, in Hartlepool, and has moved to the DBMA Gym in Darlington under the guidance of Peter Shepperson whilst signing a management contract with Tynesider Steve Wraith.
O’Neill, who had three fights under the Cope-Temple tutelage since turning professional in 2015, has felt stagnated of late, and his last fight, a draw with Callum Ide earlier this year, not necessarily his finest performance.
However, since taking advice from his partner, Sarahjane, and others close to the fighter, he made the decision to leave Hartlepool for Darlington aiming for a fresh start, severing all ties in doing so.
“We parted on good terms but I needed to do what was right for me,” explained Richard.
“I looked at a few different options around the region and this is a very good move for me as the one in Hartlepool was becoming difficult to navigate with my work patterns. Here, I’m just seven miles up the road, so it made sense and I’m enjoying my boxing again.”
Six months have passed since O’Neill last laced up the gloves and, although he remained undefeated, the draw with Callum Ide was a tough one to take, and the 31-year-old suffered, in and out of the ring.
A point’s win on his debut, against Scott Hillman, in October 2016 was followed, thirteen months later by a first stoppage success, stopping Rikke Askew in the second round, and, although Ide was just four months later, he’s not happy looking back at it.
“I fought that lad, Callum, back in March, and he’s like 6’5 but you have to learn fast and I did that,” he continued.
“It wasn’t the best camp and I never felt right at all throughout, The last few weeks of camp was pretty bad and I feel, even now, I should have pulled off and it showed as I put in a bad performance.
“I watched it back a few times and we realised I needed to do something and it was my fiancée, Sarahjane, who pointed out what I needed to do.”
Now, with those changes in place, O’Neill is back in the gym, training two-three times-a-day, alongside Chrissy Wood, Ellis Corrie, Chris Burton and former world champion, Stuart Hall, at the Northern Echo Arena-based gym.
A potential return has been pencilled in for Darlington early December although Richard, having recently signed management terms with Steve Wraith, is ready to go and is willing to hit the road to get back to where he believes he should be, challenging for titles.
“I’d like a couple of quick fights to see out this year and will go on the road to do so,” added Richard.
“Then, with I’m hoping a good five or six outings next year, I’d like to think I’d be out challenging for the Area title as well; but it’s fights that I want and will get.”

Also published in the Hartlepool Mail and Newcastle Chronicle

Chrissy Wood


Born –  15-04-1988 (29), Darlington, County Durham

Division – Super Bantamweight

Record – 3-0

Manager – Steve Wraith

Appearances (as of September 2017)

15-09-2013 vs. Anwar Alfadi Won PTS4 (39-37)                                           Northern Echo Arena, Darlington

27-09-2013 vs. Ikhstham Lone Won PTS4 (39-38)                                             Elland Road, Leeds

17-09-2017 vs. Russ Midgeley Won PTS4 (40-36)                                      St. James Park, Newcastle

Richard O’Neill


Born – 05-07-1986 (31), County Durham

Division – Super Middleweight

Record – 2-0-1(1)

Manager –  Steve Wraith

Appearances (as of August 2017)

17-10-2015 vs. Scott Hillman Won PTS4 (40-36)                   Lancastrian Suite, Dunston

26-11-2016 vs. Rikke Askew Won TKO2                                             Dolphin Centre, Darlington

04-03-2017 vs. Callum Ide Drew PTS4 (39-39)                                Rainton Meadows Arena, Houghton-le-Spring

Area champion relinquishes belt, hangs up gloves


Northern Area welterweight champion, Billy Snaith, has retired from professional boxing two months after defeating rival Daniel Cope at Hardwick Hall.

Snaith, who turned professional under Peter Cope Snr two years ago has five wins and two titles from five outings in the paid ranks, however, family commitments have prompted the decision to hang up the gloves, that and he’s accomplished all he set out to do.

“I’ve a new baby on the way and really want to spend time more with the family,” explained Snaith.

“I feel it’s the right thing and have achieved everything I set out to do.

“I won the Northern Area title (on April 22 via a points win over Cope) and that’s what I wanted to do; I have no regrets. I’ll look back in years to come and be happy with what I’ve done.

“It hasn’t been a rushed decision, I’ve thought about it for a while, spoke in depth with family and my team. I was happy to become a professional boxer so to do that, and win a couple of titles, I’m happy.”


The clash with Cope was a well-publicised affair, the pair at loggerheads on social media in the months building up to their title fight, with Snaith taking Cope’s title after ten rounds of non-stop action.

Now the dust has settled, and although he promised a rematch, it’s now down to the Boxing Board, and the region’s managers and promoters, as to what happens with the vacant title. Snaith was originally scheduled to oppose Tom Whitfield when he joined Steve Wraith’s camp earlier this year however, due to injury to Whitfield that never materialised.

Cope and Whitfield have faced each other twice already, both earning a win apiece and Snaith believes they should go again, for his relinquished title, adding: “I would like to see Daniel face Tom again, they deserve it.

“What Daniel and I went through was just one of those things. It got heated but it’s over and I hope that, if we see each other at shows, or pass in the street, we can talk.”

Snaith’s Tyneside-based manager Steve Wraith was understanding of the decision to walk away, the Ferryhill fighter giving him his first Area champion after nearly five years on the pro circuit himself.

Snaith and stablemate Jeff Saunders picked up titles on the Hardwick Hall show and Wraith said: “It was no-brainer for me when Billy asked me to manage him and we both knew that he wouldn’t be hanging around.

“I got him two title shots and he was the victor in both. What he’s doing now is admirable and I know he’ll be a miss but family comes first.

“My job is to manage and achieve dreams and it was great while it lasted so I’m sure the boxing family will wish him well.”

Having fought out of two boxing gyms, in Hartlepool and South Durham, Snaith has been round a few people during the couple of years in the paid ranks and extends his thanks to those that have helped him.

“Peter Cope Snr and Alan Temple gave me my break and I’ll always be grateful for that but I’d also like to thanks Tracey and Jeff Saunders, my manager Steve Wraith, Ian Glass for getting me in the shape of my life, Stu Armstrong, Peter Mann, and most importantly my friends and family, we’ve had a blast.”

(Originally published in the Newcastle Chronicle, June 2017)