Blackwater boxers Sharni Smith, Brodie Scales, Sam Serio, Junior Lai and front Bobby Washington.
Blackwater boxers Sharni Smith, Brodie Scales, Sam Serio, Junior Lai and front Bobby Washington.

CH still punching above its weight

IF there was ever any question about the dominance of Central Highlands’ amateur boxers, they were quickly quashed at the weekend with fighters going above and beyond at the Rockhampton PCYC.

Fighter’s Inc boxer Tristan Martin from Emerald ramped his skills up a gear to defeat a well-drilled opponent in Gaige Island from Pioneer Valley in Mackay.

Trainer Blair Wilson was almost lost for words to describe the quality performance displayed by the talented 14-year-old and didn’t pull any shots when he labelled it one of the best amateur fights he had seen.

His verdict was validated with Martin claiming the Fighter of the Night award in Rockhampton.

“He’s lifting with every fight and for him to match it with a bloke who had both the age and experience advantage over him, is a real credit,” Wilson said.

Blackwater boxer Sharni Smith did enough to last the distance in her all-female 57kg bout with Karla Banney from Gladstone.

Smith’s Blackwater trainer, Sam Serio, said after a hesitant first-round start Smith turned on the afterburners, landing a powerful right-hand strike which was enough to force her opponent’s premature retirement.

Not content with the one Rockhampton win, Smith gloved up again, this time taking on Tannum Sands’ fighter Kadessha Challis.

Smith’s power-hitting style again proved too strong, claiming another impressive victory to stand her record at three wins from three fights.

Back in the Emerald corner, Sean Sweeney could count himself a little unlucky after losing a split point-decision to his Gladstone opponent.

Bloodied and bruised, Sweeney seemed to dominate much of the three rounds in the eyes of the ringside trainers, but seemingly not in the opinion of the judges.

“He broke his nose and there was a fair bit of blood but myself and a few of the other trainers thought he won every round,” Fighters Inc trainer Wilson said.

“He came up to me midway through it and said, ‘I came here to fight and that’s what I’m going to do’.

“He’s got more heart than Phar Lap that kid.”

Blackwater junior fighter Bobby Washington was another to wear his heart on his sleeve, as he took to the ring for just his second career fight.


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