Young talent thriving in boxing club
BOXING: Two weekends of competition have left fighters from the Dalby PCYC Boxing Club in good standing, coming home with plenty of prizes.
Rookie fighter Bailey Taylor fought his way to become Queensland Novice title holder for his weight and age category at the weekend at Acacia Ridge, with brother Brandon also bringing home the title.
A nail-biting semi-final for Chase Alderton ended with a tough split decision that didn't go his way, in a fight coach Andrew Alderton described as "all-out war”.
"It was probably the hardest fight I've seen two guys have, it was pretty intense for all rounds,” he said.
"The first round they came out and from start to finish right through to the third round they wouldn't let up on each other, they both pushed forward and no one gave an inch.
"At the end of the day they knew they were headed for a split decision.”
A group of Dalby fighters also travelled to Hervey Bey at the last weekend of June for a few wins.
Of five fighters, three had their opponents pull out before they got there but Chase took down a fighter from Bundaberg, leading all three rounds.
Brandon took on a fighter from Coorparoo and was leading the fight until three-quarters of the way through the third round, when he got caught with an unlucky overhand left punch that stunned him and the ref called off the fight.
"They've been going really good, they're all really focused and they've all been putting in the hard yards,” coach Alderton said.
"It's a big competition out there - we're only a small group inside a pretty big pond so for us to get those sort of wins against people in the city it's pretty big for us.”
The fighters will have a month off competition before heading to Golden Gloves in August and getting ready for Dalby's fight night in September.