The Courier-Mail

Joe smokin’ for Rio tilt

- GRANTLEE KIEZA @kieza­_c­mail

BRIS­BANE’S big and bril­liant Joe Goodall took another gi­ant stride to­wards the Rio Olympics with a re­sound­ing vic­tory over hulk­ing Kiwi Pa­trick Mailata for the Ocea­nia su­per­heavy­weight gold medal in Can­berra yesterday.

The 105kg Goodall, a sil­ver medal­list last year at the Glas­gow Com­mon­wealth Games, showed the ex­pe­ri­ence gained from spar­ring some of the world’s top fight­ers as he out­boxed his dan­ger­ous op­po­nent in all three rounds at the Aus­tralian In­sti­tute of Sport.

Goodall, 23, has been part of the Bri­tish team in the World Se­ries of Box­ing tour­na­ment and last year sparred with Amer­i­can Ma­lik Scott and Lo­gan’s Alex Lea­pai in tor­rid ses­sions in Bris­bane.

Yesterday’s win was a great re­lief for the hum­ble cham­pion who has bat­tled to over­come the ef­fects of glan­du­lar fever for more than a year. He will now rep­re­sent Aus­tralia at the World Am­a­teur Cham­pi­onships in Qatar in Oc­to­ber.

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