The Sunday Mail (Queensland)

Joe’s all good for re­match


BRIS­BANE’S Com­mon­wealth Games sil­ver medal­list Joe Goodall will be hunt­ing a re­peat win over Kiwi gi­ant Pa­trick Mailata in Can­berra to­day as he pow­ers down a rocky road to­ward the Rio Olympics.

Goodall (above), 23, has been floored by glan­du­lar fever but can earn a place at the world am­a­teur ti­tles in Qatar in Oc­to­ber with another win over the 115kg pow­er­house from Auck­land at the Ocea­nia cham­pi­onships.

Mailata sounded an omi­nous warn­ing yesterday in his semi-fi­nal, stop­ping Robert Toilolo of Amer­i­can Samoa.

The 105kg Goodall scored a unan­i­mous de­ci­sion over chunky Ari­itea Pu­toa, rep­re­sent­ing French Poly­ne­sia.

At the Glas­gow Com­mon­wealth Games last year, Goodall out­pointed the heavy-fisted Mailata be­fore los­ing on points in the gold medal bout.

Nathan Web­ber, Goodall’s team­mate at the Stret­ton Box­ing Club in Bris­bane’s south, will have to be at his speedy best to­day against Kiwi slug­ger Josh Nyika. Web­ber (69kg) has al­ready qual­i­fied as an Ocea­nia rep­re­sen­ta­tive for the world cham­pi­onships but Nyika will be try­ing to thwart his Olympic am­bi­tions.

In the 75kg fi­nal to­day, Syd­ney’s Com­mon­wealth Games rep Daniel Lewis will fight Jonathan Keama from Pa­pua New Guinea. At 52kg Queens­lan­der Reg­gie Palm Is­land lost on points yesterday to Charles Keama (PNG).

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