Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Leahey Takes the Lesson and Learns

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Leahey Takes the Lesson and Learns

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BOXING: Hervey Bayas Narelle Leahey got taught a boxing lesson by one of the best in the business on the Gold Coast on Thursday night.

The 38-year-old was simply outclassed by Brisbaneas Shannon OaConnell, losing the six-round Queensland State female featherweight title contest by a unanimous points decision.

Leahey got better as the fight went on, but coming from a strong kickboxing background her lack of an inside game showed, according to her coach Craig Glover.

aThatas the only place Narelle is still a little uncomfortable with,a he said.

aIn Muay Thai, close in you can grab elbows or knees but Narelle wasnat able to use all of her weapons while Shannon was good at closing that reach advantage Narelle had.a

In just her second professional boxing bout, Leahey took the worst of the punishment in the early rounds, but to her credit never faltered.

She started to put the pressure on OaConnell (7-1) in the third round, evading her opponentas shots and peppering the 30-year-old with jabs. …

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