Steve Parry (red) from Fighters Inc gym in Emerald takes on Lewis Robinson from Sarina.
Steve Parry (red) from Fighters Inc gym in Emerald takes on Lewis Robinson from Sarina. Sam Woods

No Irish luck is needed here

IRISHMAN Steve Parry may be new to the boxing code but don’t let that fool you. This rookie fighter from Dublin is as tough and determined as they come.

The newcomer took on Lewis Robinson from Sarina in his maiden bout at Saturday night’s Emerald boxing tournament, impressing all with his no-nonsense, hard-hitting approach.

Parry’s blows were so strong it forced not one but two standing eight counts on his opponent, before his opposite corner called it quits, throwing in the towel in the third and final round.

Through a thick Irish accent, Parry said he was thankful for the solid preparation ahead of his opening bout.

“Blair (trainer) prepared me well. For only two months training I thought my fitness and power in my punches was good,” he said.

“I was just letting my hands drop a little too much.”

His trainer Blair Wilson from Fighters Inc gym in Emerald said the Irish import was a valuable asset to his boxing ranks and one who will only improve with time.

“I can see the ability in him,” Wilson said. “He’s really fit and dedicated… it’s the basics which need working on.”

From Wilson’s eight-strong boxing contingent from Fighters Inc gym in Emerald, six recorded wins on the night.

However the two who missed the cut certainly were not without their merits according Wilson.

Heavyweight Lucas Arkandiss stepped up in both weight and experience to challenge Sean Pou from Mackay.

“It was Lucas’ first fight and this other bloke already had 10 or 11 fights under him,” Wilson said.

Lucas lost, but only by the slimmest of margins, much to the dismay of Wilson and the vocal crowd.

“By the sound of it, the whole crowd thought it should have gone the other way,” Wilson said. “I guess the judges saw it differently.”

Also unlucky not to snare a win on Saturday night was fellow Fighters Inc boxer Sean Sweeny.

“I had him way ahead… he totally outclassed his opponent but the judges gave it the other way,” Wilson said.


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