Young boxer warms-up for nationals with a win
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.