Port Samson product peaks to win State title
■ A Point Samson fighter has rolled with his fair share of punches to earn the chance to fight for a spot on the national boxing team before the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Wickham PEAK 1 Boxing Club’s Luke Morrison won the 91+kg WA State Title in unanimous decision after a threeround final in Fremantle on October 4.
It was Morrison’s second fight against Isaac Fischer Rasmussen, whom he beat in a State selection tournament earlier this year.
Despite being 20kg lighter, Morrison dominated the match by working on his opponent’s body.
The WA State Boxing Team will travel to the Australian National Boxing Championships in Queensland this November.
PEAK 1 head coach Mick Hale said Morrison had missed out on the last national tournament through injury, but was definitely going to make the nationals.
Hale will work on Morrison’s strength during the next two months with a warm-up fight likely at the upcoming Fightnight VI hosted by the Karratha Raiders Boxing Club on October 31. Morrison has only ever been a few kilos over the 91kg mark and has often relied on his mobility to beat his opponents.
The upcoming national championships will throw up plenty of quality opponents, with the sport’s golden boy and current Commonwealth Games super heavyweight silver medallist Joe Goodall in the same weight division.
Daniel Stuart, 17, who started his career with PEAK 1, and has been training with the Balga Boxing Club to gain some different experience, also fought at the State Titles, but in the 81kg class.
He lost in the semifinal to 22year-old Jordan Samardarli, who also fought in the Commonwealth Games in Scotland last year.
Samardarli lost in the State title final to Steve Wright.
Hale said Morrison and Stuart’s big year in the ring had helped boost the club’s national profile.
“It’s not bad for a little club under a squash court,” he said.
PEAK 1 Boxing Club in Wickham is a not-for-profit club registered with Boxing WA.
Training is on Tuesday and Thursday nights at 7pm, with additional coaching for registered boxers.
For information, visit Peak 1 Boxing Club on Facebook.
Daniel Stuart and Luke Morrison have had a successful year, raising the profile of the PEAK 1 Boxing Club.