Boxing was back on the stage of Workington’s Carnegie Theatre with a thrilling show at Clash of the Titans 23.

Fighters from Just Grind MMA and Fitness in Workington dominated the competition, with Gary Taylor overwhelming a game opponent in Jordan Davies Jones of New Mills MMA in the main event.

The hard-hitting and rangy ‘Sugar’ Shane Roe was victorious within the first stanza, stopping Team Hollywood’s Has Ali to the delight of his supporters.

Harry France, a giant cruiserweight from the same gym, was stopped by John Ennis in emphatic fashion during the first round.

Natalie Hynes fought with tenacity throughout her fight but came up short, losing a decision to Leah Sommerville.

One of the most brutal fights took place between two close friends as Szymon Smorongiewicz and Bartek Kanaby put on a kickboxing display that lived up to its explosive promise.

Gareth Cavanagh and Whitehaven’s Daniel Ennis Morton fought to a draw in a competitive contest, with a rematch set to take place on April 13 at the Solway Hall in Whitehaven.

The night also featured a boxing exhibition between 30-year veteran John Rice and Just Grind coach Dave Straughton.

Rice’s opponent pulled out at the last minute so the old friends put on a show for the Workington crowd.

Youngsters Matthew Keenan and Dylan Bradburn, who train at Just Grind, boxed a no-stakes exhibition to show what they have learned.

Coach Straughton said: “I was really proud of all our fighters on the night and think it’s a great positive start to the year.”