SARAH Dunne did the unthinkable and won round the home crowd after beating homegrown talent Kirsty Hill on points at a boxing show in Grimsby.

The Bury ABC fighter was drafted on to the bill at short notice after Hill's intended opponent dropped out.

And the pair went toe-to-toe for three rounds at the Beachcomber Caravan Club to win the prize of best contest of the night.

"They were both absolutely brilliant and really brought the house down," said Bury ABC trainer Mick Jelley after the 60kg bout.

"One of the referees came up to me after the fight and said 'you've got another good girl there Mick'.

"And he is not wrong.

"The home crowd will have obviously wanted their girl to win it, but there was no question in the end and they showed their appreciation for what was a fantastic contest.

"Sarah really showed her class and her heart and deservedly won all three rounds. It was great to watch."

Jelley believes the speed with which the fight came round, just a week after Dunne won a bout in London while fighting for the North West, contributed to her confident display.

"Boxing breeds confidence – the more time you spend in the ring the more confident you become," he added.

"It is just a case of getting used to your surroundings and the challenge you are facing.

"Every fighter naturally experiences fear and apprehension before a fight, but you learn how to control that and it gets easier with every fight.

"Sarah had won the weekend before and it showed."

Bury ABC also had a boxer in action at the 147 Club in Walkden, with 15-year-old Patrick Gaynor winning by a unanimous decision against George Killeen, of Collyhurst and Moston ABC, in a 54kg bout.