Dan Withers has one win from one fight.
Dan Withers has one win from one fight. Sharyn O'Neill

Dan just too good in first bout

THE footwork of Touch Football paid dividends for Dan Withers as he was too quick and too good in his first boxing bout at the weekend.

Withers travelled with the Rockhampton PCYC and met with local fighter Aaron Hunt.

“Dan was too good for him,” PCYC's satisfied trainer Des Upton reported.

“He is quick and can punch straight, he can make a good fighter.”

Withers won the bout on a unanimous verdict and all Rockhampton boys did well.

Upton took away 13 boxers and got 10 of them matched. Even more satisfying, the majority of them went well, sometimes against the odds.

Lincon Martyn has not reached the standard demanded by Upton in recent months, until the weekend when he stepped up in weight and beat Palm Island boxer Nathan James convincingly.

“It was Lincon’s best fight in 12 months,” Upton said.

“He was too smart and too strong.”

James “The Doctor” Walker was well beaten in his first fight with Shaun Sweeney two weeks ago but proved he is a quick learner by reversing the decision.

In Rockhampton Walker was unable to combat Sweeney’s longer reach, but not this time. Upton said Walker repeatedly got in at close quarters to score points with blows to his opponent’s body.

Nathan Murgha showed improvement but was still unable to get a decision against Palm Island’s Patrick Clark.

When the pair met in their first fight Clark stopped Murgha in the second round but the re-match did not bring a repeat as the Rocky fighter showed he had improved on that display, going the distance but losing on points.

Every time Upton mentions Ben Bowes you can hear the delight in his voice.

In his second fight since his return to the ring, “The Southern Cross Windmill” outclassed his opponent.

“He is so quick, he comes in with four or five punches and then is out of there,” the trainer said.

Sometimes having the spirit is just not enough. Allan Thomas gave away too much weight and reach to stop Park Avenue’s Murphy Boland from grabbing the win.

Reaf Simpson suffered a similar fate in his fight with Aaron Sinn while Josh Kelly continues to improve but was not up to the challenge of Tristan Martin.

Kuany Kutah gave away 6kg to fight Sam Wade and it proved to be too much.

Wade was beaten by Lachlan Hinchliffe in Rockhampton and was not game to meet him again, opting for a fight with the lighter Kutah. Hinchliffe was given a tough task as his re-scheduled fight was against Mackay’s Peter O’Hanlon who tipped the scales at 81kg. However, Hinchliffe has quick hands and took a unanimous verdict.



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