Fight night a hit at Casino
THE Casino Boxing Club staged a successful nine-bout tournament at the RSM club on Saturday night, where the large crowd enjoyed a quality night featuring some of the young stars of the sport.
In the main bout North Coast champion Tom Strain from the Tweed Stingrays defeated Casino’s Luke Allan in the second round.
Strain, weighing in at 64kg, had too much ammunition for the home-town boxer landing two knockdowns and a standing eight-count before the referee stopped the contest.
Allan, to his credit, landed some telling blows on his opponent and the two boxers traded blows furiously from the start. But it was Strain, with had a 3kg weight advantage, who was the heavier hitter.
Casino’s Jonathon Walker (61kg) defeated Cudgen’s Ricky Irwin on points in a lively battle in the main support bout.
Billy Robinson (70kg) from Maloney’s Glove Club in Lismore, a silver medallist at the Australian titles, returned to the ring after a two-year lay-off and looked good in his return when he defeated Grafton trier Angus Percy.
Murwillumbah’s Eliot Balk scored a clear decision over Dorrigo’s Dan Beverly and Grafton’s Joseph Hartmann (63kg) brother of nationally rated professional Jason, edged Casino’s Aaron Scaeffer in another entertaining scrap.
The next North Coast tournaments are at Cudgen on June 5, Ballina on June 12 and Condong on June 19.