Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

BOWES PUTS UP STRONG DEFENCE IN CLOSE LOSS; Goodall Recovers Title to Finish PCYC Night of 31 Bouts

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

BOWES PUTS UP STRONG DEFENCE IN CLOSE LOSS; Goodall Recovers Title to Finish PCYC Night of 31 Bouts

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Byline: Alan Kennedy alan.kennedy@capnews.com.au

BOXING: For most 20-year-olds, Saturday night is party time, and by 1am they are looking to move on to one of the nightclubs.

That was not the case for Ben Bowes, who was preparing to climb into a boxing ring.

There were no fewer than 31 fights on the card at the PCYC at the weekend, and for Bowes it was a long wait, as his was the main bout, a title defence, and his was last on the card.

Unfortunately for Bowes after four closely fought two-minute rounds he was returning his state belt in the 71kg division to Danny Goodall of Hervey Bay, the boxer he had won it off barely a month ago.

"He fought his heart out and the decision could have gone either way," PCYC trainer Des Upton declared.

Unfortunately for Bowes it went against him on this occasion, however, the rivalry between the two will not stop there as Upton expects to match his boxer against Goodall somewhere in the south-east of the state in the near future.

For Harley Broom, the news was far better.

He won his 54kg title fight against another Hervey Bay fighter, Matt Casboult.

Broom's correct style and telling jabs saw him get the decision in another close fight.

Upton admitted Casboult was a worthy opponent and made the fight tough for Broom.

"However, Harley is hard to beat," he said.

The wily Upton had given Lachlan Hinchliffe only a limited chance of beating the classy Selwin Seaton in the main senior support fight of the night.

Seaton was just one of a group of talented Palm Island fighters who attended the tournament and came to Rockhampton with an impressive ring record which included Australian title victories.

While the 75kg bout was fairly even, Hinchliffe never gave his opponent the room to send home a telling punch.

After a cagey start, Hinchliffe struck with the first scoring punch of the fight, a straight left that stopped Seaton coming forward.

The second round was also fairly close but a couple of big right-hand blows from Hinchliffe were again the stand-out features of the round.

The two fighters went at each other in the final round but Hinchliffe's superior hand speed saw him take the fight with a unanimous decision. …

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