Mack back with top prize

PINT-sized pugilist Mitch Mackie was crowned a Queensland champion at the Queensland Boxing State Titles at Maroochydore last weekend.

The 10-year-old Bundaberg Boxing Youth Club (BBYC) pounder defeated Brisbane basher Jordan Crawford to take gold in the 28kg class.

BBYC mentor Bob Butler said the win was further proof of the blonde bomber’s massive potential.

“He’s only 10 years old and it’s his first year of boxing but, I’ve said it before, he’s got a lot of potential,” Butler said.

“He gets better every tournament he goes to, which is a big bonus.”

Mackie went the distance with Crawford, winning the bout by unanimous decision.

“He’s got a real good future in the sport if he keeps it up,” he said.

Fellow BBYC boxers Brent Voss, Damon Scheuber and Erinn Punter were unable to emulate Mackie’s success at Shamrock’s Boxing Gym on the weekend.

Voss was unlucky to miss out on an Australian titles berth after a close loss in the final of the 66kg category against Brisbane’s Liam Hutchinson.

Fighting in the 44kg category, Punter was beaten by current Australian champion Hone Huni in the preliminary matches.

Scheuber also bowed out in the preliminary rounds.

Bundaberg Boxing League came home with two silver medals after sending four fighters to the championships.

Malachi Johnson and Jake Russell lost in the final of their weight classes to claim the silver medal.

Trainer Sid Blair returned to Bundaberg proud of his club’s achievements.

“There’s some real good fighters down there, big boys, but we handled ourselves well,” he said.



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