Power in his punch
A STOMACH bug couldn'tt stop Lismore boxer Dwayne Vlody from taking out a memorable win at Beaudesert at the weekend.
The 17-year-old came up against the undefeated Jordan Ford from the renowned Brisbane Cobra's Club. Vlody won on points after the fight lasted three rounds and has now had seven wins from 11 fights.
It was also his first fight in the 64kg light welterweight division.
"I'm really happy with how it turned out because it wasn't my best performance," he said.
"I was a bit crook on the night and had been sick on the days leading in.
"He comes from a really good club but I was convinced I won when it went the distance.
"It was tough but I beat him to the punch and tried to put in that little bit extra."
There is no denying the courage Vlody has shown since taking up boxing.
He has been training on and off since he was 10 and originally competed in the 57kg featherweight division.
He got more involved in boxing after breaking both collarbones playing rugby league.
"I really started training hard again last year," Vlody said.
"Hopefully I can make something of it and go as far as I can.
"I love boxing because it's all on you when you're out there."
Vlody now has his sights set on the Australian Golden Gloves at Acacia Ridge, Brisbane in two weeks. There has been 400 boxers nominated for the event with some coming from England and New Zealand.
Vlody will represent Lismore's Maloney's Glove Club with three other local boxers Jade Cook, Laurence Elder and Dylan Montgomery.
Kadina High School student Jacob Finlay had his first fight at the Beaudesert event and had a narrow loss against Matt Endacott.
Vlody also hopes to fight for the North Coast light welterweight title at Maloney's Glove Clubs annual fight night next month.