McCor­mack de­feats his big­ger op­po­nent

Whitsunday Times - - SPORT -

BOXING

HE WAS lit­er­ally punch­ing above his weight, but that didn’t stop Whit­sun­day Mar­tial Arts’ (WMA) boxer Dan McCor­mack from stretch­ing his un­de­feated record to 6-0.

McCor­mack trav­elled to Mackay on Satur­day to take on Battle in the Beaches 3, but the night didn’t go ac­cord­ing to plan.

“I put a lot of ef­fort into cut­ting weight for this weight to go for a lower di­vi­sion but when I turned up on the night there was no one in that di­vi­sion,” he ex­plained.

“I ended up get­ting matched up against some­one who cut down a lot, so I was prob­a­bly giv­ing away 3kg.” McCor­mack was aim­ing for the su­per wel­ter­weight di­vi­sion (71kg) but ended up toe-to-toe with a Mackay boxer who weighed in at 73.7 (mid­dleweight).

De­spite bat­tling men­tal and phys­i­cal chal­lenges as­so­ci­ated with fight­ing an op­po­nent big­ger and stronger, McCor- mack stuck to his guns with a dis­tinct plan in mind.

“He came out re­ally sharp but I worked body shots, in­vest­ing in body work and drain­ing his en­ergy. Ev­ery time I landed one he fell to the can­vas,” he said.

“The sec­ond round was much the same. I put him down at least six times in the first round.

“Go­ing into the last round I got ad­vice from my cor­ner to ‘hit him in the nog­gin’. So I pushed him into the cor­ner and he went body, head, body, head and clipped him in the chin with an over­hand right and he went down like a sack of pota­toes.”

McCor­mack, who of­fi­cially won on knock­out in the third round, rated the win as one of the best of his ca­reer, and cred­ited his train­ing with WMA for be­ing able to han­dle a big­ger op­po­nent.

“A lot of the guys here I spar with are big­ger guys,” he said.

“You get a speed ad­van­tage [fight­ing some­one big­ger] too. He hit me hard a few times but the ma­jor­ity of his power punches were too slow, es­pe­cially in the lat­ter rounds when he was throw­ing out of des­per­a­tion.”

WIN­NER: Can­non­vale's Daniel McCor­mack stepped up to take down a heav­ier op­po­nent at Battle in the Beaches 3 on Satur­day night.

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