GLOVES UP: Bailey Taylor, Chase Alderton, Judd Alderton and Brandon Taylor.
GLOVES UP: Bailey Taylor, Chase Alderton, Judd Alderton and Brandon Taylor. Emily Bradfield

Dalby fighters step into the national ring

BOXING: A group of local fighters have returned home from their first national competition, representing Dalby at the Golden Gloves tournament.

Held at Acacia Ridge from August 22-25, the event brought fighters from all over Australia.

Coach Andrew Alderton said the event was a good experience for the local boys, being bigger than usual and greater skill levels.

"It was an excellent fight, all four of them showed a lot of heart and a lot of good skills. They've all improved from where they were and there's a lot more to come,” Alderton said.

Brandon Taylor took on NSW fighter Daniel Hume.

"It was a pretty good fight, I didn't take the win but it was a fair battle,” Brandon said.

Judd Alderton was next and had to go up a weight division to get a fight, drawing Adam Kelly from All Stars.

"He tried to get in there, tried to get under the opponent's punches, but at the end of the day he just couldn't get in enough punches, it was learning curve.”

Chase Alderton got the chance to rematch Toowoomba fighter Jaken French at the tournament after crossing paths at the Novice State Titles earlier this year.

Last time they were paired, Chase went down in a "hell of a battle” ending in a tight split decision.

While Chase didn't seal the win, it was even closer.

The event culminated with "all-out war” between Bailey Taylor and New South Wales fighter Robert Stewart.

Three tough rounds came down to a split decision that didn't go Bailey's way.

"I lost a bit of sleep over it in the lead up,” he said.

"I was just excited, a little bit nervous but mostly excited.”

Judd agreed and said nerves were common.

"When you're going to the fight you start to get a little bit nervous leading up to the day and like an hour before but when you're in the ring, all the nerves just go away.”

"When that bell goes and you get the first hit, then it's just a battle,” Bailey agreed.


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