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).