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Local boxer beats Australian champ

LOCAL heavyweight boxer, Sam Walker's giant killing form continues, after Walker dispatched 2014 Global Amateur Australian Champion, Jayden Nicolas in four rounds, in the support bout at the Bridgewater Boxing Bash, just outside of Hobart, Tasmania, last Saturday night, May 23.

It was Walker's fifth win from six fights, whereas his much more experienced opponent Nicolas has contested 24 bouts, which includes his Australian Title. Both orthodox boxers weighed in at exactly 102 kilograms, but Walker had height and reach over his Tasmanian rival.

"He's a short, stocky bloke," Walker said.

"I had reach and height on him. I just moved around the ring, I didn't let him get in close and slug it out with me. I just used my reach and jabbed him all fight. He barely landed a punch on me."

The judges agreed, awarding all four, two minute rounds to Walker in a unanimous decision.

The Bridgewater bash was billed as Team Queensland verse Team Tasmania, with eight bouts on the card.

"I went down with seven other Queensland boxers," the 24 year-old Walker explained.

"Queensland won four fights and we lost four, so it was evenly split."

The impressive win over a much more experienced pugilist bodes well for the young Walker, as he prepares for his own assault on the Global Amateur Australian Titles in September.

First of all, he has to have a metal pin in his right hand removed and will take five weeks out of the ring after the surgery to recuperate.

""I'll be back in the ring just in time for the Rockhampton PCYC Tournament in July," Walker said.

There, the developing rivalry between Walker and Mackay heavyweight Michael Barret will continue.

The two super heavyweights have fought twice, the first going to Barret last year, Walker extracting revenge in their second bout earlier this month. Barret has fought 28 times and has won the Global Amateur Australian Title four times.

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