Hundreds flooded into NUSU’s Venue on Thursday evening to watch the annual spectacle that is Fight Night. With a plethora of electric fights and an atmosphere to match, the evening lived up to everybody’s expectations.
Whether they were supporting a friend, there to watch the boxing or simply using it as an excuse to get dressed up, the crowd was rocking and, at times, uncontrollable.
Each table was stocked with three bottles of vodka and a set of chairs which, once the first round started, merely served the purpose of footstools to allow fans a better view of the action, if you hadn’t managed to clamber onto a nearby stage or speaker.
Throughout the course of the night, there was a smorgasbord of talking points for the commentary team lead by Rory Ewart to get excited about
The opening bout was the only female fight of the evening as Jenny ‘From The Block’ Walker was pitted against (possibly now former) friend Lana Jane Hutt, and it took no time at all for them to set the tone for the night ahead. A ferocious first round was followed by a punch thrown after the bell, which can end friendships quicker than never doing the washing up in a student flat.
Throughout the course of the night, there was a smorgasbord of talking points for the commentary team lead by Rory Ewart to get excited about, but perhaps none so controversial as the drama that unfolded in the wake of Olly Gilby and Max Haller’s fight, where no result was announced following crowd trouble involving Northumbria fighter Muzi Mbele.
Perhaps attempting to make up for the unsavoury scenes earlier in the night, two of the final three fights were allowed to run four rounds, much to the ecstasy of those packed into NUSU like boxing-mad sardines. The battle of the ‘Emis’ was declared a hard fought draw, while the headline fight was edged by Patric Cochrane, a decision which split the crowd in two but rounded off the night in explosive style.