Talented boxers make impression

AREA manager for Cape PCYC at Woorabinda, Brett Toll, is a happy man, not only because three boxers from the area have enjoyed wins but he also sees another step towards making the township a sporting stronghold.

“There is some talent here,” he said. “We’d love to build on this (boxing success) and have a program like Palm Island’s.”

The Woorabinda group has eight boxers in serious training. They are trained by Lance Jones and Nathan Murgha, who also competes.

At Mackay on Saturday, Woorabinda had three winners, Murgha, 27, a veteran of 28 fights, gaining a split-points verdict, junior Charlie Husic, who fights in the 44kg weight division, also winning on points, while Gary Husic was more decisive in the 58kg section.

Gary Husic was against Rockhampton PCYC fighter Lucas Fry and after being out-boxed in the first round set Fry up in the second with a big punch that stopped the Rockhampton boy in his tracks.

Rockhampton trainer Des Upton said the loss by Fry was one of few for local fighters.

Upton had nine of his boxers on display and most of the results were positive.

Nat Hinchliffe keeps on recording the wins and wasted little time on Matt Grant, with the referee stopping the fight in the second round.

Allan Thomas was equally convincing but had to go the distance for his win on a unanimous points decision.

If the decisions were made on determination alone Allan Cornick would also have had the win, but while gaining a lot of admirers in the crowd he lost to Pioneer Valley club’s Shaun Pau.

Wily Curley started well against Junior Lai but couldn’t go on with it and the fight was stopped in the second round.

It was another clinical win for Harley Broom, with his straight punching too much for Pioneer Valley’s Daniel Matheson.

“He out-jabbed him. Harley was too straight and too fast,” Upton said.

Kuany Kutah has finally got into the habit of winning bouts.

After frustrating Upton with his brain explosions mid-bout, the talented Kutah has settled down to box and was too good for Blackwater’s Sam Payne.

Branton Jackson showed some of his potential with a solid victory over Wes Sweet, while Lachlan Hinchliffe displayed his natural talent again with a win over Aaron Stahl of Townsville.

Upton was critical of Hinchliffe’s attitude to training but admitted his fighter was too strong and out-boxed his opponent.

There was disappointment for Brodie Ah Wong in the main bout, as he lowered his guard and one punch from Jason Maltby ended the fight in the first round.

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