The band of boxing brothers undefeated at Stanthorpe bout
THE ROCKHAMPTON PCYC Boxing Club sent four boxers to Stanthorpe last weekend and they were undefeated, recording three wins and a draw.
Drayden Marou, in only his fourth bout in the 45.5 kilogram class won on a Unanimous points decision (UPD).
"He's got a fair bit of ticker," PCYC boxing club coach Des Upton said.
"His opponent was bigger than him but he never took a backward step."
Codie Ghillati showed true sportsmanship in his UPD win in the 42 kilogram class.
"The ref came up to me and shook my hand after Codie's bout," Upton explained.
"Codie was far too strong for his opponent but he didn't try and hurt him. In fact, he nursed his opponent through the three round fight and the ref saw that and was very impressed."
Brandon Hughes was next in the ring in the 63.5 kilo class and he also won on a UPD.
"That was a real good fight," Upton said.
"Brandon fought really well. He walked into a few punches but he put two eight counts on his opponent in the first round."
And Billy Evans, in the 54.5 kilo class recorded a draw, although Upton was confident he won the bout.
"That was a very close fight," Upton said.
"We thought Billy had done enough to clinch it but the judges didn't see it that way.
"One ref gave the fight to Billy, another to his opponent and the third judge called it a draw."
This weekend the club travels south to the Kirra Sports Centre on the Gold Coast to take on the Kingscliff Boxing Club.
"We are taking six boxers, Brandon, Billy Codie and Drayden will be joined by Greg Toby and heavyweight Sam Walker.
Walker has two fights left before he heads to Sydney to contest his first ever Australian Amateur Boxing Titles next month, so this bout is valuable preparation. He will meet Troy Harding in the ring who has 12 wins and seven losses. Walker has recorded eight wins and one loss.
"Harding will be a formidable opponent for Sam," Upton said.
"But Sam is in good nick, he is training real well, he is hitting the bag hard and he is fast. Anyone he comes up against he can handle."
Walker is confident he can do the job on Harding.
"He has seven losses, so he is definitely beatable," the quietly spoken but powerfully built Walker said.
"I am in good shape. I am feeling confident. And I need a tough fight to prepare for the Nationals."