Zach Drochman
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Shirvington holds head high

APART from those who came away winners there were a number in Rockhampton who came away from Saturday night's show with heads held high.

James “Shirvo” Shirvington was one.

Coming back from a serious shoulder injury, Shirvington looked well on the way to winning on his first time in the ring for over a year.

Against Cooktown's Brice Kirk, Shirvington was back to his brilliant best as he out-fought his opponent in the first round.

Unfortunately for Shirvo these are three-round contests.

With the Rockhampton boxer still on top Kirk unleashed a kick that hurt Shirvington, forcing him to take an eight count.

From there Shirvington's mobility was affected and the fight more even. When it came to the end of the fight Shirvington was beaten on a points decision.

After the fight a limping Shirvington admitted having to take a count had reduced his chances of winning the contest.

It was the first time in the ring for Zach Drochman and he certainly didn't let himself down.

Against Townsville's Bill Richards, Drochman had his more experienced opponent in all sorts of trouble as he floored him with Richards requiring to take the eight count.

Trainer Ruben Fraser describes Drochman as unorthodox, but one spinning kick that flew narrowly over the head of Richards proved the young fighter also has technique.

Unfortunately, the Rockhampton fighter was a spent force by the start of the third round and half-way through that round he had had enough.

Kerrod Lawton also started his fight with a flourish. A short jab with his right saw opponent Dan Hutley hit the canvas and take the mandatory eight count.

Like Drochman the longer the fight lasted the less likely it became that Lawton would gain the decision. In the end it was the Gatton boxer who won the contest and left Lawton thinking of what could have been.

Jaras Vea Vea was brave, but when sent to the canvas in the second round, was ruled out on a technical knock-out.

Simeon Brieffies showed promising signs, but was beaten by Cairns fighter Jarrod Mellor, while Kelly Witchard's fighter Ben Hawkes had his chances ruined when forced to take a standing count and that gave Tyrone Elliott the contest on points.

Dan Beasey from the Chaos gym met Michael Hynard, but lacked the strength and experience of his opponent who clinically picked him off to take the win early with a technical knock-out.

Beasey's stablemate from the Chaos gym, Alister Cole, did a little better, but also was defeated in his bout with Damon Fraser.

The show proved popular for young and old with organiser Ruben Fraser having a family member, Nancy Thomas, choosing the event to celebrate her 81st birthday.

Of the out-of-town contests the five-round “slug-a-thon” between rivals Shaun Warren and Francis MacDonald was a beauty, while the 125kg division clash between Greg Calnan and Zach “Sweet Fire” Burns had spectators' wincing.



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