On Saturday 9 December, Northumbria student Leon Musson, entered the boxing ring for the first time at a professional level, at the Hilton Hotel, Gateshead. The fight lasting four rounds, saw Musson come out on top against opponent Dale Arrowsmith, handing him a 1 – 0 record as a professional boxer.
On the fight, Musson explained how he utilised: “powerful right hooks” and was: “constantly catching him [Arrowsmith] with the jab,” claiming victory on points, and winning all four rounds.
With an illustrious amateur boxing career behind him, including both a silver and gold medal at BUCS championship in the elite category, Musson explains: “I feel privileged to have had my professional debut with such a good bunch of people around me.” He goes on to state how he will be: “resting up over Christmas ready to go again bigger and better in the new year.”
Saturday’s black-tie event, Winter Knockout, saw spectators enjoy a night of boxing, with two other bouts on the card. Around 30 of the 42 tickets sold by Musson held links with Northumbria Boxing Club, which Musson is currently president of for the second consecutive year. This means alongside competing he also coaches fellow student boxers in the competition and development teams.
Everyone at Northumbria Sport would like to extend a huge congratulations to Leon and thank him for his continued commitment to Northumbria Boxing Club, as well as his professional career. We can’t wait to see what the future holds!