Small remains undefeated with win
LISMORE boxer Justin Small remains undefeated after winning his fourth bout, against Josh Barrett from Tweed Coast, on a big night of amateur boxing at Kingscliff.
Small, 18, a member of Lismore PCYC Boxing, countered Barrett’s well-placed rights and aggressive body punches with technical proficiency and superior body movement.
The lightweight division bout was one of several on the night featuring boxers from Casino, Ballina and Lismore boxing clubs.
The show belonged to Casino’s Luke Allen.
Allen dominated Ricky Irwin of Kingscliff, the referee stopping the fight in the first round.
Liam McMillan made it two from two for Casino RSM boxers after outpointing his Kings-cliff opponent.
Jed Cullen, from Maloney’s Glove Club in Lismore, recorded his first win.
Cudgen’s Jay Jones had no answer to the class of the Lismore middleweight.
Cullen forced the referee to put a standing count on Jones in the second round before launching into his opponent again, after which the fight was stopped.
It was an intra-town affair when Lismore PCYC’s Roly Kershaw and Maloney’s Glove Club’s Michael Kranicz entered the fray.
The welterweight division fight saw Kranicz start as the aggressor, worrying Kershaw early before he could settle into a rhythm.
In the second round, however, Kershaw found his range and a perfectly executed right on Kranicz ended the bout.
Allan Snow, from Ballina RSL Youth Boxing Club, won a split decision over Lismore PCYC’s Adrian Oliver in their welterweight bout.
Snow and Oliver, both 15, went the distance in an even contest with the youngsters trading punch for punch over the allotted three rounds.
And Maloney’s Jo Scofield lost a close points decision to the Gold Coast’s Trevor Borg after going the full three rounds in their light middleweight bout.
Amateur boxing next will head to Casino on Saturday, November 6, and to Kempsey later that month.
Also at Casino, on Sunday, November 7, a training course for prospective judges and referees will be held.
Inquiries to April Hesse 66813268, Carol Graham 66322004 or Ken McPherson 6624604.