Four Rocky boxers get crack at national titles
NATHAN Baira, Billy Evans, Jake Brown and Wayde Goltz are just one fight away from an Australian title.
The Rockhampton PCYC Boxing quartet is preparing to contest the Australian Boxing Championships in Tasmania later this year after dominating at the Queensland Boxing Championships in Cairns over the weekend.
Rockhampton PCYC Boxing coach Des Upton took a squad of six to the event held on Friday and Saturday and was pleased to walk away with four national qualifiers.
"They all went well, we had three wins and three losses; it was a good tournament," Upton said.
"I'm very happy with how the boys went."
Upton praised Baira.
"Nathan Baira took on Jacob Duthie and stepped up from the 63kg division to the 67kg division," Upton said.
"Jacob Duthie is a good young fighter and he will go a long way if he sticks at it but Nathan fought really well and out-pointed him. He had an eight-count by the second round and it was a unanimous points decision.
"Nathan fought Leon Cuiffoli on the second night and won easily."
The coach said Evans' opponent didn't stand a chance and Brown provided a courageous performance.
"Billy Evans fought in the 48kg division and he went straight through to the final where he fought Ethan Rockcliff. Billy was a mile too strong for Ethan and won it easily," Upton said.
QLD BOXING TITLES
In Cairns over the weekend
ROCKY PCYC RESULTS
QLD Champions: Nathan Baira, Jake Brown and Billy Evans
QLD Runner-up: Wayde Goltz
Brandon Hughes and Adon Mothe were knocked out on day one
"Jake Brown fought in the 57kg division against Connor Wilcocks on the first night and he fought really well to win on a unanimous points decision. Jake then progressed to the second round where he fought Ashton Carter and he won well in a split decision."
Returning to the ring for just the second time in four years, Upton said Goltz did well to hold his own.
"Wayde Goltz fought Michael Lees and went down on split points. He was lacking a bit of match fitness," the coach said.
"He ended up taking home the silver medal because the second fighter was disqualified so he's off to the Australian Titles as well."
While four of his fighters saw state success, Upton said it wasn't the same story for local youngsters Brandon Hughes and Adon Mothe.
"Brandon Hughes was very unlucky. He had an asthma attack halfway through the third round ofhis fight against Drew Gater and he had to pull out," Upton said.
"He was doing really well until the end of the second round but the poor kid couldn't breathe.
"Adon Mothe fought in the 54kg division against Kieran Raymond and he went down on a split points decision... It was the best I've ever seen him fight."
The Rockhampton PCYC Boxing crew will now prepare for the Northern Beaches Bout on October 11.