Boxing trio performs strongly

BOXING: Wade Hurley impressed in his debut fight in Gladstone last weekend, proving the intense fitness regime adopted at the Bundaberg Boxing League (BBL) gym has payed off.

Hurley breezed through his bout, as did club mate Justin Russell in his second fight, while Bundaberg Boxing Youth Club’s (BBYC) Damon Scheuber also took the spoils.

Scheuber was in complete control in his three rounds against Gladstone’s Jai Gurr.

“Damon’s opponent was not quite up to the standard of some of the others but he did well to win so comfortably,” trainer Bob Butler said.

While club mate Erin Punter – out of Butler and Lloyd Devon’s gym – faced a pugilist described as the best junior in Brisbane.

“They have some good kids down there (at the Bethania Boxing Club) and Erin was just outclassed by a very good boxer,” Butler said.

The PCYC had a sole representative in 14-year-old Robert Thorne.

The 42kg lightweight was in his sixth bout and it was the fourth time he had fought Albert-based slugger Tony Nicholson.

Scores were level at 3-3 after two rounds but the blossoming Thorne was pruned in the final round, losing 6-4.

“He fell away in that last round, I don’t think his conditioning was up to it,” PCYC trainer Bruce Jensen said.

Thorne comfortably accounted for Nicholson a fortnight ago on the Sunshine Coast but it was a completely different story last Saturday.

“I think his mind is wandering, maybe he’s started to think about girls,” Jensen joked.

Thorne was ropable after the loss but that only pleased Jensen.

“He was grumpy but that just shows he has some pride in his performance,” he said.

Caboolture’s Liam Watson, a standout in Thorne’s division, is the next target. Watson’s 13-1 win/loss record speaks for itself but Jensen has a plan.

“We’ve been watching him and I think we have it sorted,” he said.

Boxing stalwart Butler has taken a backward step at his gym this year since the appointment of experienced coach Devon.

Butler instead is focusing on judging and refereeing.

He was awarded his Australian Judging Certificate late last year and is now working towards his refereeing credentials.

“I’ve been doing as much as I can lately but I still stick my head over Lloyd’s shoulder to see how things are going at the gym,” Butler said.

Alana and Malachi Johnson, fighting out of the BBL, both suffered losses.

Albert Club host the next fight night on March 6 at the Beenleigh Hotel.

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