Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

PUMPED AND PROUD; Debutant Packs a Punch as He Wins First Boxing Match of Career

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

PUMPED AND PROUD; Debutant Packs a Punch as He Wins First Boxing Match of Career

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

BOXING: The smile on the face of Josh Kelly told the story Co he had just won his first boxing match.

While professional boxing might shoot itself in the foot, there is plenty to excite the lovers of the amateur division.

On Saturday the PCYC Hall was packed with enthusiasts who were there to support the boxers in a massive tournament.

With 31 fights on the card and clubs travelling from all over Queensland, it was a big night for the organisers and also the boxers.

For Kelly the victory was sweet, having lost his first fight when stopped in the opening round and then his second on a points decision.

"You have never seen a bloke so rapt," veteran trainer Des Upton said.

Kelly was fighting in the 67kg division against a Yeppoon opponent Taylor Brodie.

Upton said it was a close contest which Kelly claimed on a split points decision.

"He has got a long way to go, but he really tries hard," Upton said.

Not all the boys from the Rockhampton PCYC were up to the challenge, with crowd favourite Lincoln Martyn one who failed to box to his potential.

"I hate to bag my own boys but it was the worst I have seen him fight," Upton declared.

The trainer had thought Martyn would be a good match for Palm Island's Steen Walsh but it was not to be.

"I don't think Lincoln hit him in the whole fight," Upton said.

George McLaughlin faced a tough opponent in Connor Jones in a 54kg division bout.

The 14-year-old had few answers and the fight was stopped in the opening round.

"He (McLaughlin) is a game little bloke but his opponent was too strong," Upton said.

Under Upton's watchful eye, another of the Rockhampton youngsters showed he had the potential to do well.

Allen Thomas faced Mackay's Liam Paroo in a 44.5kg bout but came up short, losing the bout on a unanimous points decision.

"He could be a strong lad later on, but needs to knuckle down to his training," Upton said.

Cory Daye's fight with Gladstone's Matt Douglas was a beauty, with the rangy Daye picking off Douglas with a number of straight lefts which kept Douglas going backwards until the referee called a stop to the fight in the final round. …

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