Blackwater boxers Corey Huggins (left) and Sam Payne. Huggins will miss his bout due to injury while Payne will take on a fighter from Palm Island.
Blackwater boxers Corey Huggins (left) and Sam Payne. Huggins will miss his bout due to injury while Payne will take on a fighter from Palm Island.

Blackwaters best glove up

BOXING returns to Blackwater this weekend for the PCYC club’s first official event of the year.

It is expected about six local fighters will take to the ring, challenging opponents from Emerald, Gladstone, Rockhampton and Palm Island.

Blackwater’s Keano Lloyd-Jones will have his work cut out taking on a state champion from Bundaberg, while sparing partner Sam Payne will have an equally challenging task containing an experienced fighter from Palm Island.

Also listed on the fight card are four new rookies who have been steadily rising through the ranks and will glove up in one of the first fights of their career this weekend.

Liam Solimas is one such boxer who will be looking to make a good impression tomorrow night.

The self-starter has been training at the PCYC gym for the past 12 months and will finally receive the opportunity to prove to trainer Joel Hopes that he is made of the right stuff in the ring.

“We gave him a bit of a run in a fight in Rockhampton a couple of weeks ago – he is starting to shine I think,” Hopes said.

Fights start from 7pm tomorrow night at the Blackwater PCYC with 20 bouts scheduled.

Boxers vary in skill, experience and weight and include a 91kg heavyweight fighter from Palm Island who has been earmarked to attend and keep opponents on the hop in the ring.

However at this stage Hopes said it was uncertain whether he would be able to source an opponent for the heavy-hitter of the north.

The night also heralds the dawning of a new age for rival inter-town gyms Emerald, trained by Blair Wilson, and Blackwater.

Previously aligned to different boxing fraternities and unable to technically challenge each other’s boxers, this weekend the reins will be cut loose and the two will go toe-to-toe. Blackwater’s Corey Huggins was also listed to fight tomorrow night but has since been ruled out with a broken hand.


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