‘Cobra' to strike at tournament

HOME town boxers looking to be matched when the next Far North Coast amateur boxing tournament is held at the Ballina Jockey Club this Saturday night include the classy Warren ‘The Cobra' Cootes.

Cootes, a rangy 75kg middleweight, was voted 2009 FNC Senior Boxer of the Year.

He has already beaten professional boxers Trevor Jacky and Casey Hannan, and is one of the brightest prospects the Northern Rivers has produced in recent times.

He is hoping to clash with Lismore's Billy ‘The Kid' Robinson, a silver medallist at the Australian titles.

Other Ballina boxers looking for action are Luke Hall and Jake Hess.

Clubs from Dorrigo, Grafton, Casino, Lismore, Murwillum-bah, Cudgen, Tumbulgum, Tweed Heads and the Gold Coast are planning to bring members to the tournament.

A large and vocal audience attended the Cudgen Fight Night last weekend, with the main bout between Tommy Strain, from Tweed Stingrays, and Cudgen's Australian Global Amateur Boxing title challenger Ricky Irwin.

Strain edged Irwin in a bout that had the crowd on their feet throughout.

After four intense rounds, Strain picked up his fifth victory in his past six bouts, by a narrow split decision.

The improving Strain has been pre-matched at Ballina with Casino's talented Jonathan Walker, who also accounted for Irwin in a close decision at Casino in March.

In other results from Cudgen, Stingrays welterweight Richard Burns won a unanimous decision over Dorrigo's experienced Dan Beverly at 69kg; Grafton stayer Angus Percy handed Tumbulgum's Morgan Preston his first defeat in five fights in an entertaining 75kg battle; and Dorrigo lightweight Jo Taylor defeated Casino's Jake Hurst.

Female boxers Cassie Bancroft (Grafton) and Kasey Irwin (Cudgen) boxed a lively three-round contest.

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