Jarvis punches out on international trip
By Lee Gaskin
WITH a flurry of jabs and upper cuts, Bundaberg's Shannon Jarvis booked himself a flight half-way across the world. The 14-year-old's victory was one of many highlights at the Wide Bay Boxing Titles at Across The Waves Sports Club on Saturday night.
While there were more than 20 bouts with championship belts up for grabs, Jarvis' clash with Billy Tindall was for the right to join the Queensland team on a tour of Poland next month.
Bob Butler, head coach of the Bundaberg Boxing Youth Club (BBYC), said Tindall's style suited his young charger perfectly.
"Billy went toe-to-toe with Shannon, and that's what Shannon likes," Butler said.
"Shannon won by about five points, and in the end it was pretty comprehensive."
Having seen Jarvis develop first-hand in the past few years, Butler said he sees something special in the current Australian under-17 54kg champion.
"He's one of the best that I've seen in a long time," Butler said.
"He can go on to bigger things down the track.
"In a few years he could be ready for the Olympics if he keeps working and training hard."
In other action, Jarvis' club-mate Lewis Weir put up a gallant performance in his bout against Curtis Staiti in the 32kg division, but lost the contest on points.
In just his third outing, Butler said the up-and-coming 10-year-old would learn from the experience and come back a better competitor.
"Lewis was a little bit disappointed, and tried a bit too hard," Butler said.
"He rushed in a bit quick and forgot a few of the things from training, but he'll only improve the more practice he does."
The remaining BBYC member on show, Damon Schuber, came out swinging, before his fight was stopped due to bloody nose.
Overall, Butler heralded the event as a raging success, even though numbers were down in the senior divisions. "The crowd was the biggest we've had for a while, and the junior fighters were just brilliant," he said.
Before Jarvis heads to Poland, he needs to raise $1500 to make the trip.
If any businesses are able to assist, telephone Butler on 4154 1906, or 0401 846 687.