BOXING: CREWE ABC's Owen Sterry earned a standing ovation as he overcame Stoke's Mike Hangdon at the Silverdale Working Men's Club.
The home support clapped and chanted as Hangdon entered the ring, but lightweight Sterry refused to be intimidated.
The first round saw the local lad try to take control but Sterry matched him punch for punch.
In the second, Sterry showed his class and out-boxed his opponent, forcing two standing counts. Sterry was in complete control in the third, running out a unanimous winner and leaving to a rapturous applause.
Meanwhile, Crewe middleweight Billy Boreham lost a majority points decision when he represented his club in a testing bout at the Lord Hill Hotel, Shrewsbury.
Boreham came up against rangy 6ft 4ins Geoff Dodd in the close contest. After a lethargic first round, both fighters exploded into action in the second.
Both boxers threw frantic punches in a bid to assert themselves over the other, and Boreham began to look the cleaner and sharper fighter on show.
The third round saw the pair stand toe to toe as the crowd rose to their feet. A flurry of close-counter exchanges saw the home fighter get the majority decision.