Young boxer warms-up for na­tion­als with a win

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BOX­ING

JAKE Brown has warmed up for next month’s na­tional box­ing ti­tles with a vic­tory in Mackay at the week­end.

The 16-year-old de­feated his Bowen op­po­nent at the Bat­tle in the Beaches am­a­teur box­ing tour­na­ment on Satur­day de­spite car­ry­ing 5kg less and be­ing a year younger.

The Whit­sun­day Christian Col­lege stu­dent won on unan­i­mous points decision, but it wasn’t a straight for­ward vic­tory.

“I walked into the first round and I didn’t know that he was a south­paw. I’m ortho­dox but didn’t re­alise,” he said of the con­trast­ing tech­niques. “I got hit with his strong­est hand. I didn’t know how it hit me and I was un­sure. I looked at his feet and no­ticed. I thought I was go­ing to lose but I fought my way around it.” The three round fight tested Jake, but it proved ideal prac­tice for the Tas­ma­nian based na­tion­wide tour­na­ment to be held from Novem­ber 27-29.

“He put me on the ropes be­cause he was big­ger than me. He was go­ing for it,” Jake said. “I kept weav­ing out and hit­ting him back. I spun off and put him in the cor­ner. I was pretty pleased with my­self be­cause I had to fight dif­fer­ently. Usu­ally I like to ap­ply pres­sure but he was big­ger and had more weight.”

Jake fought in the 62kg di­vi­sion at the week­end, up from his usual 57kg stan­dard – mak­ing the win even more im­pres­sive.

“It sets me up re­ally well,” Jake said ahead of next month’s tour­na­ment. “It’s good know­ing I can beat big­ger boys so I should be able to beat the guys in my weight di­vi­sion.” The week­end’s fight will be Jake’s last hitout be­fore the ti­tles, but he con­tin­ues to train six times a week in the morn­ing on top of another four af­ter­noon ses­sions. Fel­low Whit­sun­day Mar­tial Arts’ mem­ber Daniel McCor­mack also tasted vic­tory at the week­end, is­su­ing his op­po­nent three stand­ing eight counts.

McCor­mack’s record now stands at an un­con­quered 5-0.

WIN­NER: Whit­sun­day Mar­tial Arts' Jake Brown warmed-up for na­tional ti­tles next month with vic­tory in Mackay at the week­end.

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