BIDING THEIR TIME: Female boxers training under the guidance of Arthur Maloney (second from left) in Lismore are (from left) Cindy McPherson, Lilli Weir, Rebecca Sproule, Courtney Pietens and Juanita Hendricks
BIDING THEIR TIME: Female boxers training under the guidance of Arthur Maloney (second from left) in Lismore are (from left) Cindy McPherson, Lilli Weir, Rebecca Sproule, Courtney Pietens and Juanita Hendricks Jay Cronan

Baby, you’ll just have to wait

IF not for some legal red tape, Arthur Maloney’s annual Glove Club tournament could have been the first in New South Wales to feature female boxing bouts.

The tournament, to be held at the Lismore Workers Club tomorrow night, was to have several all-female bouts, but the North Coast’s best ‘million dollar babies’ will now have to wait until at least October.

Recent news that women’s boxing would make its debut at the 2012 London Olympic Games has failed to move the NSW Government any faster to lift its ban on female pugilists.

While the intention is there, until it is ‘gazetted’ female boxers in NSW can’t pull on the gloves in any official capacity.

One of the boxers who was set to have her first exhibition bout on Saturday was Lismore’s Lilli Weir.

“I’m hoping that I can go further with this,” she said.

“I’m training three times a week, so it is pretty disappointing that it was called off, but it is not going to stop me from coming.”

Her opponent on Saturday was to have been Kadina High School Year 12 student Bec Sproule.

“I’m a little bit bummed that I can’t do it (the exhibition) but I’ve only been doing it for a few months so it is probably for the best,” she said.

Since moving his Glove Club activities from a humble tin shed at the Lismore showgrounds to the more salubrious surrounds of the Goonellabah Sports and Aquatic Centre, Maloney has signed up more than 100 people.

“We are getting up to 30 a night and that’s a lot more than we used to get,” Maloney said.

“We are getting a lot more women and girls, who are mainly going for fitness.

“I expect some will, down the track, get registered to fight, but it has not been approved in NSW.

“News last week that is has become an Olympic sport for women, should also interest more girls from the North Coast.”

One of the women doing it just for fitness is Cindy McPherson of Goonellabah.

“It is a full body workout and it is really intense,” she said.

So it will be just the boys in action at the Lismore Workers Club tomorrow night.

The main contest is between Warren Cootes from the North Coast Boxing Club at Ballina and Adam Richards of Queensland.

Richards has recorded 13 wins from 20 bouts, while Cootes has a 12-10 win-loss record.

The other feature is the heavyweight bout between Daniel Sims of Casino and Nathan Porter of Coffs Harbour.

Glove Club boxers on the program include Alex Elford, Joe Henry, Bronson Scofield, Steven Palmer, Nat Flanagan, Aaron Tannahill and Cliff Copeland.

The tournament begins at 7pm and entry costs $10.


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