Fighters show class in ring
WOODBURN Boxing boys are back in town and they are really packing a punch.
After a period of being out of the spotlight and changing from the Australian Boxing Association to the Australian Boxing League, trainer Christian Booker said the boys were refreshed and ready to show boxing fans what they were made of.
"We had our first tournament for the year at Condong a couple of weeks ago where 15-year-old Tyler White of Coraki won big," he said.
"He fought a Condong boy who was 5kg heavier than him and he dominated him.
"Because he weighs in at 80kg, he's been fighting boys who are 17 so he's really been worked hard."
Evans Head fighter Ethan Wilson, who had recently been training in Brisbane, held an exhibition match in Condong to "get the rust off".
His warm-up fight paid dividends when the club went to Moree last weekend as the 18-year-old came back with the New South Wales State Championship Belt.
Vince Northey, 30, of Wardell also went to Condong with the club.
"He's a butcher who trains at home but wanted to get into fighting and comes with us to the tournaments," Christian said.
"It was his first fight and the first for the night.
"He eventually won on a stoppage as it was obvious he was out-classing his opponent."
The club has been struggling financially but is excited to hear the Woodburn-Evans Head RSL Club has agreed to come on board as a major sponsor.
"We are just going through the process now of setting that in place," Christian said.
"We have set a tournament date of June 1 at the RSL club, which should be a great event."
In preparation for the tournament in June, the boys will be constantly travelling to boxing matches throughout the area.
"We've got tournaments in Caloundra, Nambucca, Casino, Condong again, Yamba and Kempsey to name a few," Christian said.
Woodburn boxing gym will be in full swing again and Christian said anyone interested in learning the sport was welcome to go along on their training days.
"We train on Mondays and Wednesdays between 5.30pm and 7pm," he said.
"The cost is only $2 a session and we are located in Redwood Lane, Woodburn."