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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)


Area Battle Scheduled for Hardwick Hall




Steve Wraith takes his promotional bandwagon to Hardwick Hall in Sedgefield next month with the hotly-anticipated, Winner Takes It All showpiece which will be headlined by a thunderous grudge-match between two former stablemates for the Northern Area title.

Champion Daniel Cope will put his Area title on the line against Billy Snaith. Cope who left Gus Robinson gym to join Neil Fannan stable won the title last year against Gatesheads Tom Whitfield. Snaith now trains at Jeff Saunders gym in Sedgefield but is managed by promoter Wraith.

Since the fight was agreed a few weeks ago both fighters have been in action with Cope grabbing a draw at Rainton Meadows and Snaith winning an International Challenge belt in Newcastle. But both fighters clearly had only one thing on their minds with daggers already being drawn.

Cope said: “I really don’t know where he’s got all this confidence from.

“I always beasted him in sparring but he says he wants to fight me so let’s do it, that’s if he makes weight.

“I saw him on Saturday and he was really overweight so I hope he can make it so I can finish this this off and give him a good hiding.”

Challenger Snaith responded: “ I watched his last fight at Rainton Meadows and I will not be having any sleepless nights.

“He was sloppy and unconditioned and didn’t seem interested. Northern Area Champion? Don’t make me laugh.

“He got lucky against Tom Whitfield and isn’t the strongest of lads and come fight night it’s only me and him in the ring. I’m not getting beat off him and if I did then I’d retire.

“I’m knocking him out make no mistake about it. He doesn’t take the body shot and I can’t see him doing anything to me unless I fall and break my leg and even then I’d still beat him.”

The undercard, which is already starting to take shape, will see Jeff Saunders, undefeated in ten outings, step up to eight rounds, and there will be outings for the other Wraith-managed fighters Neil Hepper and Carl Wilson, along with Phil Jeffries protege Adam Watson and the exciting Jordan King will also feature with more names to be confirmed over the next few weeks.

Tickets for the show at Hardwick Hall on April 22 are on sale now priced at £35 from www.proboxingnewcastlegateshead.com/tickets – Hedge your bets fight fans, you’re in for a bumpy ride and may the best man win!!

Wraith lands Snaith


Undefeated in his three professional outings to date, Ferryhill super welterweight, Billy Snaith, has parted company with Hartlepool’s Peter Cope and Alan Temple to sign managerial terms with Tyneside promoter, Steve Wraith.

The move means that, in leaving Hartlepool, he will now be trained in Fishburn under the tutelage of Jeff Saunders Snr and alongside Wraith’s other managed fighters in Jeff Saunders, Carl Wilson and Neil Hepper.

Snaith, who’ll make his bow under new management on March 11 at the Walker Dome, said: “I’m excited for what is a new challenge, a new chapter in my career.

“Cope and Temple have done a lot for me in my early career as a professional and I thank them for that, they gave me a chance and it’s much appreciated.

“I felt the time was right to move on and I know Steve is a good person and will certainly get me what I want in the fight game. I can already see improvements in my fitness being at South Durham and that’s brilliant.

“I’ve known Jeff Snr since the amateurs and, with this being closer to home, it certainly makes things easier for me, there’s also some fantastic sparring in here for me as well what with Jeff (Saunders), Carl (Wilson), Neil (Hepper), and Adam Watson pops in, then you’ve got the amateurs here who’re a tough set of lads.”

Both Steve and Billy know that this, first year together, is crucial, and the fighter is certainly already chasing the big fights with regional prospects, Tom Whitfield, and former stablemate Daniel Cope, in his sights.

For the Tyneside promoter the opportunity to sign up Snaith was too good to pass up and knows that he is moving from one top class gym (Gus Robinson’s) to another (South Durham).

“I am delighted to welcome Billy to our team,” added Steve Wraith.

“He is head strong and determined to achieve all that he can in a short space of time. He approached me asking if I would be willing to help him achieve his ambitions and there was no hesitation.

“He comes from one of the best gyms in the north-east (Cope’s) and is now at another with Jeff Saunders, Mark McGuiness and Ian Glass looking after him; I feel that he has some exciting nights ahead.”

Exciting nights is certainly what Snaith and the rest of the Wraith camp are looking at this year and the super welterweight finished saying: “I’m looking to keep myself busy this year and I want to fight both (Tom) Whitfield and (Daniel) Cope.

“The three of us know that we can beat each other on any given day and that’s what makes for better fights between us.”

Billy Snaith is scheduled to make his first appearance under Steve Wraith on the Pendleton-Wraith co-promotion at the Walker Dome on March 11 alongside his stablemates.


Showdown at St James – Statement


The following is a statement from Tyneside Promoter, Steve Wraith, in relation to the proposed Northern Area title clash between Tom Whitfield and Daniel Cope at this September’s ‘Showdown @ St James’

“The proposed Northern Area title fight between Tom Whitfield and Daniel Cope has been removed from our show on September 25th.

“The move comes after the Cope brothers, Peter and Daniel, changed management last week. We wish both lads all the very best for the future and are presently looking at options for Tom Whitfield for our show in September so he can fulfil his dream of fighting at the best stadium in the North-East, St. James Park.”

PBNG Ticket Office and fighters on the card. Further information regards the card will be seen on this site, or in the local press.



All systems go for the autumn showdown


Now the English Football League fixtures have been announced Tyneside promoter-manager Steve Wraith can officially announce the date of his ‘Showdown @ St James’ – September 25.

In taking professional boxing back the beating heart of Newcastle and the scene of many a glorious afternoon/evening at the St James Hall venue Steve will look to reignite the fire in the belly of boxing fans across the region.

Headlining at The Bamburgh Suite will be a Northern Area title clash, and rematch, between Tom Whitfield and Daniel Cope, the pair renewing rivalries after their non-stop tussle at Rainton Meadows last year.

The show will also see the long-awaited return of Darlington’s Neil Hepper who, after some 18+ months away from the sport, signed a managerial contract late last year and will be looking to show that the move was a decision worth making.

Hepper will be joined by another Darlington fighter making his comeback in Carl Wilson (pending board approval) who signed with Steve Wraith just last month with the pair training at the Saunders camp in Fishburn, County Durham.


(Above – Daniel Cope and Tom Whitfield will go again, this time for the Northern Area strap; Below – Neil Hepper makes his long awaited return)


Steve said: “The attraction of fighting at St James’ has meant that my phones have been very active the past few weeks with lads asking their managers to get them on it.

“I realise that this will be a bumped bill and with Premier League facilities available to the them it’s a show not to be missed. The fans and the fighters will have some good opportunities on the day and I’m hoping this will be the first of many.

“The only disappointment is that, after conversations with Mal Gates and Peter Cope Snr we’ve sadly had to postpone the proposed Northern Area title fight between Lee Mould and Anth Hardy.

“We understand that things happen and what seems a great idea at the start of the year may not be six months later.”

Before then Steve and PBNG take a breather from the regional scene and head to SW London on July 16 for ‘Genesis’ in association with Joey Pyle and John Edwards.

With less than three weeks to go until fight night at the Recreation Centre the card has been nicely stacked and ticket sales are going well with all looking forward to a great night of professional boxing, and hopefully some top quality action.

Tickets for ‘Showdown @ St James’ will be available from fighters, and the PBNG  ticket-site in due course (standard available NOW)


Showdown @ St James – Update


The next Steve Wraith boxing promotion (in association with Sodexo) in the north-east is scheduled for early September and will be held in the Bamburgh Suite, St. James Park.

Headlined by not one, but two Northern Area title fights between Lee Mould and Anthony Hardy, and Tom Whitfield and Daniel Cope, the dinner show will have a plethora of local talent, including several of our own fighters for good measure.

At present however we are awaiting the release of the fixtures for Newcastle United in the Sky Bet Championship in late June, and subsequent TV airings, before the date we have in mind for this dinner show is confirmed.

Steve Wraith would like to thank his sponsors, and the fans, for their continued support on this boxing rollercoaster.


Showdown @ St James – Part One


On Tyneside a rising is brewing as promoter Steve Wraith takes professional boxing to the peak, and will, as of this upcoming late Autumnal nights, be promoting from the bowels of St. James Park, the home of Newcastle United.

Earlier this year it surfaced that Steve and his Wraith Promotions brands, were taking their events to the city centre in a big move which met with applause across the region and fighters clamouring to be on the upcoming showpiece.


(From Camberwell, London, middleweight Mark Rowe, won on the last St. James Hall show in 1967, stopping Roger van Laere in the third round – he would become a British & Commonwealth champion)

As the build-up starts for that first show, the first since New St. James Hall hosted an event in May 1967 where both Mark Rowe and Larry Brown scored stoppage successes; and since September 1949 at the original St James Hall which saw a debut for Chester-Le-Street welterweight Jackie Keough (defeated visiting Leeds fighter Charlie Fawcett on points).

Now, moving forward nearly half a century, the ‘Showdown @ St James’ will see not one, but two Northern Area title fights take place as recently postponed bouts between Anthony Hardy vs. Lee Mould, and Tom Whitfield vs. Daniel Cope as Team Cope and Team Gates go head-to-head.

The latter bout will be an eagerly anticipated rematch after the pair clashed over six rounds at Rainton Meadows in March 2015, Whitfield (Gates) narrowly edged Cope (Cope Snr) in a tight decision.


(Images courtesy of Gary Bivens Photography of the first clash between Whitfield and Cope at Rainton Meadows, March 2015)


Keeping the matter in-cap so to speak, Whitfield and Cope will be joined by stable mates Lee Mould (Gates) and Anthony Hardy (Cope) respectively.

Mould has the greater experience at Championship having won the Area title himself against Craig Dixon in November 2014 and then going the distance for the English (welterweight) strap against Blackpool’s Adam Little seven months later, losing via unanimous decision.


(Above, Lee Mould takes the fight to Craig Dixon; Below, Anthony Hardy celebrates another victory)


Hardy meanwhile lost on a split when travelling to face Joe Hughes for the English (super lightweight) in July 2015 before suffering a shock first round stoppage in his last outing against Sam O’Maison in February for the British Challenge belt.

Both Tom Whitfield and Anthony Hardy have suffered, and are returning from recent injuries, we would like to wish them luck on their comeback trail and to all four title combatants later this year – it’s timeeeee!!!

Pro Boxing Newcastle Gateshead would also like to thank their sponsors, and the fans, for their continued support – long may it continue.

If you are interested in advertising and sponsorship opportunities around the upcoming ‘Showdown @ St James’ later this year see HERE

Promoter Wraith talks Collision Course


(Images courtesy of Singe Vert Photography)

An exciting evening of entertainment and professional boxing was had at The Lancastrian Suite, Dunston on March 18  as promoter Steve Wraith and Wraith Promotions kicked off the new year in style.

Wins for Billy Snaith, Paul Gidney and Daniel Cope were rolled into one by another stoppage master class from Sedgefield’s Jeff ‘Hands of Stone’ Saunders.

For Wraith it was certainly a case of as you were but with a little difference, putting on a dinner show with entertainment from top comedian tribute in Bobby Thompson, and female vocalist Arya Sage.

On the sporting front though Ferryhill’s Billy Snaith opened impressively with a four threes success over Andrej Cepur, showing why the Cope camp in Hartlepool have him on board.

“He looked very competent and in a great shape,” began Steve.

“Although he’s just starting out he looks like he’s been around a while and certainly has what it takes to make it in the pro game.”

 SNAITHCC(Above, Billy Snaith W PTS4 40-36 vs. Andrej Cepur)

Next up was Mal Gates’ latest protégé, South Shields’ Paul Gidney who gave a workmanlike performance to dismiss the visiting Phil Hervey.

“Gidney has Gates written all over him,” continued Steve.

“He’s also a hard puncher for a little lad. It’s a learning game this sport and he’s certainly showing that he has something about him. He’s in great hands as well and it’s showing.”

GIDNEYCC(Above, Paul Gidney W PTS4 40-36 vs. Phil Hervey)

Dan Cope put the disappointment of an albeit briefly postponed Northern Area title clash with Tom Whitfield behind him with a hard-fought win over visiting Arvydas Trizno. His opponent even attempting to goad the famous Barmy Army late on, ultimately spurring Cope to victory.

“Cope did really well to motivate himself after what had happened in the build-up and it’s always going to be tough in those circumstances,” added Steve.

“His opponent came to fight and milked the Barmy Army impressively, reminding me of a certain Steve Yorath from my white collar days. He (Trizno) caught Cope a few times but it was a good workout and it was good to get him on the card, even if it wasn’t the fight he wanted.”


(Above, Daniel Cope W PTS4, 39-37 vs. Arvydas Trizno)

Then came another masterclass as Jeff Saunders showed that 2015 was no fluke, dismissing visiting opponent, Zoltan Turai, late in the second. That was after he’s inflicted three counts on him in an opening salvo that few opponents could handle.

The referee, Andrew Wright, finally stopped the contest with nine seconds of the second remaining deeming Turai as being unable to carry on having taken enough punishment from Saunders.

Knowing how much of a talent Jeff is, Steve was the first to sing his praises after the show saying: “He (Jeff) will go all the way and it’s only a matter of time now that we’ll see a title shot.

“It’s already difficult to match him and he’s proving a handful to anybody that’s put in front of him. He can be as good as he wants to be and has all that you need in a fighter, is grounded in and out of the ring as well as being very exciting to watch.”


(Above, Jeff Saunders W TKO2, 2:51 vs. Zoltan Turai)

So, another professional boxing show is done and it’s onto Darlington on May 13 where Anthony Hardy and Lee Mould face for the Northern Area title.

“This was certainly a different concept for us with it being a dinner show and having entertainment on,” said Steve.

“I can’t thank our sponsors enough and the feedback we received afterwards, and at the Grosvenor after-party, was tremendous , showing that we got the balance right.

“Special thanks need giving to Mal (Gates), Peter (Cope Snr) and Tracey (Saunders) for helping push forward with the show. They’ve been a big help to me and it’s great to be able to work with people like them.

“There’s certainly a thirst for the sport in the region and the fans can take a lot of credit for making it a great night all round and the after-party at the Grosvenor Casino made it all worthwhile.”

The next Steve Wraith offering will be at the Dolphin Centre, Darlington on Friday May 13 headlined by Anthony Hardy vs. Lee Mould for the Northern Area title.



Amateur Club offer for Collision Course


Having been successful trialled at the Matchroom Fight Pass ‘Rising Stars’ show at the Gateshead Leisure centre last year, Steve Wraith, now under Pro Boxing Newcastle Gateshead auspices, is offering amateur clubs in the region the same half-price ticket offer for his show at Dunston’s Lancastrian Suite on March 18.

The show sees Daniel Cope (Hartlepool) and Jeff Saunders (Sedgefield) co-headlining  as both look to move into title contention later this year. They will be joined on the show by English title challenger, Lee Mould, who fights for a Northern Area title on our May show in Darlington.

For Steve it is an opportunity to re-ignite that passion shown last year and, with the signing of amateur Anth Ornsby to the PBNG team, timing is everything.

“We felt that, the last time we had the offer on, it worked brilliantly and reinforced the connection between the professional and amateur scene,” began Steve.

“I’d like to reinforce that again, for this show on March 18 , we would offer half price tickets to the show for the amateur clubs in the area. The offer being presented is open to any boxing club with 20 tickets per club (maximum of 200 combined) at £17.50 per ticket and will see each club receive half of each ticket  sale they receive go back into the club.

“We feel that doing something like this encourages the younger generations to come and experience first hand what a professional show is like.”

Any amateur club interested in taking up the offer should email the Head of Media, Peter Mann, on petermann78@hotmail.com stating ‘Amateur Ticket Offer’ in the subject header.

The Grosvenor Casino sponsored Collision Course, co-headlined by Daniel Cope and Jeff Saunders, takes place at the Lancastrian Suite, Dunston on March 18.

Whitfield – Cope Area fight postponed


Steve Wraith and Pro Boxing Newcastle Gateshead make the unfortunate announcement that the Northern Area title fight between Birtley’s Tom Whitfield, and Hartlepool’s Daniel Cope, is OFF.

“Unfortunately Tom broke his jaw whilst sparring over Middlesbrough on Saturday,” said promoter Steve Wraith.

“Our main concern here is Tom’s health and well-being , that’s the most important thing really. The promoters worries are academic and these things unfortunately happen, it has before and will again.

“The Cope’s have taken the news well considering and Dan IS still appearing on the show, co-headlining with Jeff Saunders (not against) over six rounds. I’ve spoken to both camps and hopefully the recovery goes well and we can get this on later in the year as its what the fans want.”

Both fighters have trained to the utmost for this fight, as eagerly anticipated as they come  having has a narrow, really exciting clash, at Rainton Meadows last year.

For Daniel it was a chance for redemption, who ended on the losing side last time around, and now he has to wait at least another six months before opportunity comes around again.

“I’m absolutely devastated, I really am and had a feeling that something was going to happen a few days ago,” added Daniel.

“I’d done so much for this fight as well, we really wanted it, and the title. It’s not his fault though and there’s nobody to blame, it could have happened to any of us really.

“I’m still going to be fighting on the show though and everything else remains as it was (coaches, after party etc). Somebody is definitely getting a bat though, it’ll just be over six rounds.

“We wish Tom the speediest of recoveries and I’m looking forward to getting it on with him later in the year.”

Tom meanwhile has been unfortunate with injuries over the past twelve-eighteen months and this just adds extra pressure to the unbeaten Harton & Westoe fighter.

“I was sparring down Boro and everything went fine” said Tom.

“I got home and didn’t think anything of it until later. My face was swelled right up so I went to the walk-in centre  who transferred me for an x-ray only for me to find out I had broken my jaw,

“I am absolutely devastated and words can’t describe how gutted I am . I am getting an operation on my jaw then it’s a little rest. I will be back in gym as soon as I can for I  wanted this title, and the fight so so bad. I’m gutted,  absolutely gutted.”

The show, at Dunston’s Lancastrian Suite on March 18, still goes ahead featuring Daniel Cope, Jeff Saunders, Lee Mould, Paul Gidney, Billy Snaith and Christian Adjoufack.