Long pre­vails on fight night

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■ Peak 1 Boxing Club added some fuel to their boxing ri­valry with the Kar­ratha Raiders af­ter heavy­weight Wick­ham bruiser Ash Long beat Raiders’ Shaun Costanzo in a Satur­day night slugfest.

It was the first time the pair had met and the first either had com­peted in. The first round was fairly even and Costanzo got in enough early shots to give Long a stand­ing count.

The Wick­ham fighter shook it off and was strong in the sec­ond be­fore tir­ing half­way through the three­minute round and then re­gain­ing his wind.

Long stayed on top in the last round thump­ing Costanzo in the body with some of the loud­est shots of the night.

To the rau­cous joy of the Wick­ham faith­ful Long was named win­ner by points de­ci­sion.

The fight was the main event of a nine-match card for the Raiders’ Fight­night VI tour­na­ment.

A South Aus­tralian hope­ful for the up­com­ing Rio Olympics, Stephen Finey who has been work­ing out at the Port Hed­land Boxing Gym­na­sium of late, looked com­fort­able in his 75kg elite bout with two-time New Zealand Mid­dleweight Cham­pion Shel­don Whal­ley who has been train­ing with a Balga club.

Finey show­boated in the first round and got stung a few times as he worked out Whal­ley’s fight­ing style, tak­ing a few hits to the head.

In the next two rounds, though, Finey looked com­fort­able and con­trolled the rest of the fight, win­ning on points.

It was the 99th fight for Whal­ley who will box his 100th back home in New Zealand.

Amelia Green­sill (16) was ag­gres­sive against fel­low Raider Molly Richards (16) in their first fight.

Richards needs a bit more time to learn the dance, get­ting stuck in one spot too long on defence and af­ter suc­cess­ful jabs.

De­spite cop­ping it from her train­ing mate she stuck through three rounds against Green­sill.

Lanky Kar­ratha Raiders’ Liam Sor­rell was out­classed in his 75kg se­nior fight with Mor­gan Wy­ness from Lacey’s in Perth.

Sor­rell was brave but couldn’t use his reach ad­van­tage to keep the ag­gres­sive Wy­ness at bay, the match end­ing in a stand­ing count with the ring referee stop­ping the fight.

Hed­land’s Tay­lor Cof­fin looked some­what ten­ta­tive at times, go­ing up against Lacey’s Liam Len­ton in a 73kg catch weight fight.

Cof­fin was brave in his de­feat though show­ing some good skills.

Peak 1’s Adam Browne gave up a big height dif­fer­ence to Raiders’ Ai­den Fitz­mau­rice in a 69kg ex­hi­bi­tion.

Browne fought hard to get in­side duck­ing his head down and work­ing and lung­ing for the body be­fore mov­ing up to the head with his jabs. Fitz­mau­rice kept him off in the sec­ond but was un­der the pump in the third.

Kar­ratha’s Scott Mur­ray and Damien Lee had a fun pair of fights against New­man’s Yvain Agir, an ex­pe­ri­enced boxer who fought them in a tag-team like four-rounder.

Rob Coaker came back from two star-in­duc­ing left hooks by New­man’s Phill Wood in a bloody match-up.

The Kar­ratha Raider’s Boxing Club cel­e­brate a suc­cess­ful tour­na­ment with em­cee Soa Palelei.

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