Goonellabah teen boxer punches swathe through open division
A STEP up into the open division has done nothing to slow down Goonellabah boxer Jade Cook.
Cook, 16, took out the bantamweight championship at the recent National Golden Gloves titles at Acacia Ridge.
He will fight again at the Maloney's Glove Club annual fight night next Saturday.
Cook has won numerous titles and has his sights set on competing at the Olympics and Commonwealth Games.
"I started when I was 11 and I've always wanted to go pro," Cook said.
"When I first started I was a bit nervous but I've grown in confidence.
"I've won about seven titles and I just want to keep winning my fights.
"I'm hoping to get the main junior fight (in Lismore) and it will be good to fight in front of friends and family."
Another Lismore boxer keen to step back into the ring is Dylan Montgomery.
Montgomery, 16, has only had a couple of fights in the flyweight division.
He is coming off a loss at the Golden Gloves but is growing in confidence.
Montgomery was beaten by Brisbane boxer Harry Palasia who went on to win the final with five consecutive wins.
"The Golden Gloves fight was just about getting a bit more experience," Montgomery said.
"It was great to watch all the good boxers and that's where I want to be.
"I still get a bit nervous on the way to the ring but once I throw that first punch I'm fine."
Montgomery also plays junior rugby league for Marist Brothers.
He is looking at possibly playing in a grand final the same day as his next fight.
"I've only had two fights but it's something I want to keep going with," Montgomery said.
"I trained for nearly a year before I got into the ring for my first fight."
Dwayne Vlody is another from the Maloney Glove Club who is scheduled to fight at the Lismore Workers Club event.