Box­ing across the Tas­man

Joondalup Times - - NEWS -

PERTH boxer Bran­don Rees (20) will be throw­ing punches for Aus­tralia in a trans-Tas­man bout in New Zealand this week­end.

The ap­pren­tice re­frig­er­a­tion tech­ni­cian trains with coach Sean Nash, who owns Nashy’s Box­ing Club in Wan­gara.

Nash said Rees won his first state ti­tle as a youth boxer in 2015, then won the na­tional cham­pi­onships later that year af­ter six bouts.

“He com­peted as an elite boxer through 2016 learn­ing and box­ing all over Aus­tralia and New Zealand, rep­re­sent­ing WA,” Nash said.

“This year has been very busy, beat­ing ev­ery heavy­weight in the coun­try ex­cept for the num­ber 1 and num­ber 2. Then in last month’s Com­mon­wealth Games tri­als he man­aged to beat the num­ber 2 in the coun­try in the quar­ters.”

Nash said the Bull Creek boxer also won his semi-fi­nal against another top per­former and gave his “best per­for­mance yet” in the fi­nal against the Aus­tralian num­ber 1 vet­eran and Olympian Ja­son Whate­ley, nar­rowly los­ing the bout. “His per­for­mance has scored him a berth on the Aus­tralian na­tional team to com­pete in the up­com­ing Trans Tas­man Cup in Auck­land,” he said.

Rees said he felt good ahead of the De­cem­ber 9 In­ter­na­tional Box­ing Bat­tle, where he will face New Zealand’s David Nyika, who is cur­rently ranked 8th in the world. “He is a beast,” Rees said. “I’m ex­cited; I feel like I’ve worked re­ally hard to de­serve a chance to rep­re­sent Aus­tralia. That’s been my goal since I started.”

Rees said he started box­ing about five years ago to keep fit for foot­ball, but en­joyed it so much he dropped the ball sport and fo­cused on throw­ing punches.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey­mu­ni­ d476827

Ris­ing young box­ing star Bran­don Rees.

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