Ballina novice gets the decision
YOU have to be courageous to don gloves and enter the boxing ring.
You can only hope that you have been sent in to do battle with an opponent that is an even match.
On Saturday night, 22-year-old Ballina novice Luke Hall fought Dan Beverley as the main event on a card at the Ballina Jockey Club.
Hall had previously been in the squared circle only five times.
His opponent, Beverley, had contested 40 bouts.
What's more, Hall was a welterweight fighting a middleweight.
But it didn't matter.
Hall floored his more seasoned opponent with a big right hook in the second round before being awarded the bout by the judges in a split decision.
“I was pretty confident when I was waiting for the decision,” Hall said yesterday.
“It was a tough fight but I thought the knockdown would make the difference.”
Of course, it did.
Hall's record now reads four wins from six fights, but he wants more.
“There is a pro-amateur tournament on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland in a few weeks, I am thinking about stepping up to that level,” he said.
“Ultimately I would love to go pro one day, but that is a long way away.
“So at this point it is just about getting as much experience in the ring as I can.”
Hall is trained by David Hesse at North Coast Boxing.
Another of Hesse's charges, Matt Trevillion, recorded a win on the night by defeating Casino boy Daniel Allen.
But that was about the extent of the locals' victories, with Casino boxers Liam McMillan and Jonathan Walker beaten by Josh Robbie and Tom Strain, both from he Tweed Sting-rays Boxing Club.
The card on Saturday night attracted about 100 people.
Hesse, whose wife April organised the event, said there were plans for another card to be put together in early August when they would attempt to lure a Queensland club to town.