Jade gives pro boxing a real go
LISMORE Glove Club boxer Jade Cook has moved to Sydney to try his hand at professional boxing.
Cook has trained at the Goonellabah Sports and Aquatic Centre and in his amateur career won several championships including the Queensland novice title, South-East Queensland championship, a NSW featherweight title and two Australian Golden Gloves in different divisions.
Now training with top Sydney coach Lincoln Hudson, Cook stepped into the ring in Melbourne last week in front of 1800 spectators.
Taking on Dave Ferguson - a smaller lookalike Mike Tyson - Cook decked him for an eight count in the second round.
But at the end of the four three-minute rounds a split decision went to Ferguson.
Local coaches Arthur Maloney and Dylan Montgomery watched on live streaming and were happy to get phone calls from Cook before and after the bout.
The promoter said he thought Cook had won and would get him another bout soon.
Cook is back in Goonellabah for a short time to bring his younger brother Aubrey to the Glove Club to learn boxing.
Meanwhile, Montgomery Rocket Wilson, Michael McKendry and Dwayne Vlody are preparing for the Golden Gloves championships at Mt Gravatt in Brisbane on August 24.