RISING TALENT: Teenage boxer Jade Cook, of Goonellabah, with his coach Arthur Maloney.
RISING TALENT: Teenage boxer Jade Cook, of Goonellabah, with his coach Arthur Maloney. Cathy Adams

Younger boxer exhibits prowess

GOONELLABAH boxer Jade Cook has now won his last four fights and will likely go around again in Camden Haven on the Central Coast next month.

His latest win came at the Australian Boxing Association amateur tournament at the Deception Bay Community Hall on the Sunshine Coast at the weekend.

Cook won the three-round flyweight division fight against Harvey Tolten from the Jamie Nicholson Memorial Gym, which is known for its talented boxers.

It was the 15-year-old's first fight since November, when he was awarded the Far North Coast best sub junior award for 2012.

"He's really developed some muscle in the past four months and there is a lot more power behind his punches," coach Arthur Maloney said.

"Jade has been sparring with more of the senior boxers too and that has really helped.

"He is starting to put some really nice combos together now too."

Cook has now won seven fights and is eyeing off the South-East Queensland Championships, Golden Gloves and Australian Championships in 2013.

He is the grandson of former boxer Aubrey Roberts, who fought a 12- round draw against Israeli champion David Oved at Melbourne Festival Hall in 1961.

Former professional boxer Arthur "Bullet" Bradley, who once fought Lismore boxing legend Stan Hayward, commented that Cook has a good future ahead of him.

Another Maloney boxer, Dwayne Vlody, had a clear points win against Dennis Degiorgio in a hard-fought battle. Degiorgio survived an eight-count in the second round.

Vlody, an apprentice butcher from Lismore has been back training with Maloney for two years.

"He used to train with me when he was 12," Maloney said. "He's 17 now and he is a good featherweight who likes to walk up, throwing good combinations."

The third fight from the Maloney Glove Club saw Dan Moloney go down by two points against Liam Harley from Queensland's Shamrock Club.

Both fighters received numerous cautions from the referee during the bout.

"He had a big of ring rust, but needed a fight," he said.

All three hope to fight at Camden Haven next month.



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