AARON Sinn sure knows the meaning of a challenge.
The junior powerhouse stepped up to take on an opponent who not only had his measure in ring-time experience but also weighed in with a 7kg weight advantage.
Fighting out of Fighters Inc Boxing Gym in Emerald, Sinn was joined by Central Highlands sparing partners Matt Grant and Tristan Martin for bouts at the Mackay club tournament.
Trainer Blair Wilson said while no titles were on the line for his Emerald fighters, the contests were the ideal staging ground ahead of the boxing league's national titles next month.
However, despite Sinn's best efforts, he was unable to match the raw power exhibited by his opponent Dallas Powell in the 67kg division.
"Aaron probably left his run a little bit too late… he came home really strong," Blair said.
Matt Grant also went down in his 66kg bout with Tyson Best.
Evergreen Tristan Martin, however, didn't have any such qualms, winning his 75kg bout against five-time Australian champion Luke Lenoy, from Palm Island.
"It was a real battle of a fight," Blair said.
"He (Tristan) stayed with him for three rounds and made Luke look nowhere as good as he is.
"It was a massive win."
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