Long prevails on fight night
■ 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.