VIDEO: Rocky boxer Goltz has Australian title in his sights
POWER puncher Wayde Goltz continued on the comeback trail on Saturday night with his first round stoppage earning him fight of the night honours.
The former Australian Institute of Sport boxer returned to the sport earlier in the year after four years away and now has his sights set on adding another Australian title to his growing collection.
He'll get the opportunity next month when the Rockhampton PCYC boxer and a number of the club's young charges head to the 2014 Australian Amateur Boxing League's national titles in Hobart from November 27-29.
As the main event on Rockhampton PCYC Boxing Club's second fight night of the year, Goltz made short work of Mackay-based boxer Caige Ireland, stopping the youngster in the first round.
A flurry of punches saw the referee stop the bout and award Goltz the win after 90 seconds of furious action.
"Wayde was just belting him around - he had far too much power for him," Rockhampton PCYC Boxing Club coach Des Upton said of the 63.5kg fighter.
"Anyone that comes up against him will certainly have a fight on their hands.
"He's won Australian titles with me before - he's a good boxer."
Upton, whose boxers won five of their eight fights on Saturday night, said he hoped Goltz would get a final tune-up when the club travels to Roma this weekend or Moranbah next weekend.
Rising star Nathan Baira, 16, managed a points decision win over Pioneer Valley boxer Luke Humphries.
After a slow start, Baira finished the three-round bout with a flurry to get the nod from the judges.
In his first fight for a couple of years, Liam Barrem fought well but was upstaged narrowly by Gayndah-based boxer Tyler Purcell.
Eleven-year-old Blake Hughes managed to get the points in his fight against Moranbah boxer Nathan Gray.
Fighting in the 38kg division, Hughes was a comfortable winner while fellow youngster, Greg Toby, 13, continues to make inroads in the sport.
Toby won in a points decision over Jayden Williams.
After winning his last seven fights, Aidon Mothe added to his tally on Saturday with a win over Chinchilla boxer Jesse Dolman.
Brandon Hughes couldn't come away with a win in his fight with Darren Law while, in what Upton described as "the fight of the night", Billy Evans battled hard with Palm Island fighter Levi Baira but also couldn't add to his winning record.
The 14-year-old, who fights at 48kg, pushed Baira all the way.
"(Baira) had won nine fights in a row and knocked four blokes out in the first round," Upton said.
"Billy got beat but there was nothing in it."