Fighters Inc boxer Tristan Martin in Emerald.
Fighters Inc boxer Tristan Martin in Emerald.

Boxers battle in Bundy

OUTWEIGHED and conceding three years in age, Emerald’s Tristan Martin had his work cut out taking on Colin Donohue at the Wide Bay Boxing Titles in Bundaberg.

Unfazed, Martin rose to the challenge and came home with a flourish to nail the bout’s undisputed winner’s honours.

He hit all the right notes for Fighters Inc trainer Blair Wilson and added to the club’s three gold and two silver medal haul from the meet.

“He actually never made weight so we had to step him up 5kg,” Wilson said.

“It wasn’t his best but it was a really good fight.

“He (Martin) dropped him in the second round – it just goes to show how powerful he is.”

Martin went toe-to-toe with 18-year-old Donohue for the full three two-minute rounds, rattling his hard-hitting opponent with strength far beyond his age.

“He has set himself a benchmark,” Wilson said. “From here on it’s not a matter of winning or losing, it’s about the experience.

“He’s just got to keep stepping up.”

The Emerald gym’s oldest boxing competitor Sean Sweeny also gave away a significant 6kg weight advantage to Mickey Club.

Sweeny’s tough-as-timber mental attitude helped him withstand Club’s early barrage before going down narrowly on points in the final round. But given a few extra minutes in the ring it could have been a different story, Wilson said.

“He got banged up early in the first round – the other bloke was really strong,” Wilson said.

“But Sean’s tough and he just wore him down.

“If they had gone another two rounds, he (Sean) would have had it over him on fitness alone.

“He’s a top fighter – his record might not show it but that’s only on paper.”

Fellow Fighters Inc boxer Aaron Sinn was also right on the mark in his 58kg bout with Bundaberg fighter Dennis Kovacs.

After losing his opening round, it was in the second that Sinn started to find his rhythm and he came home like a freight train in the third.

Matt Grant outperformed again, impressing Wilson with one of the best performances seen from the “Red Barron”.

“It’s just the technical stuff he’s got to work on now so that it becomes second nature,” Wilson said.

Pint-sized powerhouse Cameron Sue gave as good as he got, despite having his winning chances dashed early. A near-crippling knee injury in the third and final round of his 45.5kg clash in Bundaberg proved to be the difference between a win and a loss. And the margin? Just one solitary point.

“I thought he (Sue) had won it. He was ahead on points before his knee blew out and unfortunately he didn’t have the power to stay on top,” Wilson said.

Boxers are gearing up for their next tournament scheduled for August 20 at the Emerald Town Hall.

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