Blood and drama but no suc­cess for Wal­ton boxer

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport - By ABBY BROWN

De­spite pro­vid­ing an en­ter­tain­ing fight, Nick Lang’s sec­ond cor­po­rate fight didn’t go his way.

The Fight­back event or­gan­iser Jeff Stutt said the crowd got into the fight.

‘‘There was a bit of show­boat­ing, blood and drama.’’

Stutt was sur­prised with the judges de­ci­sion at the end of the three two-minute rounds.

‘‘I thought he might have done enough to win.’’

Lang, a Wal­ton Box­ing Club mem­ber, said his fight on June 27 was very close.

‘‘It went to a split de­ci­sion, two judges in favour of the op­po­nent and one judge elect­ing us as the win­ner,’’ he said.

‘‘The fight was very phys­i­cal and ag­gres­sive but fought in good spirit and was called the fight of the night for its en­ter­tain­ment.’’

He said he had pre­pared for weeks to box with com­po­sure and con­serve energy but his op­po­nent was from a gym which had a rep­u­ta­tion as power hit­ters and he came out swing­ing hard so by the end of the first round they were both de­ter­mined to stop each other early. ‘‘It was ugly but a lot of fun.’’ Lang felt both he and his coach Trevor McIntyre rep­re­sented the club and Wal­ton well at the Hamil­ton event as they helped a lot of the other fight­ers and with the run­ning of the night. McIntyre also stood in for some box­ers’ coaches.

Wal­ton Box­ing Club’s next boxer to step in the ring will be Zep Clark-Lynn.

His next fight is the Cen­tral North Is­land champs on July 18.

Lang said he will be a good chance of claim­ing another ti­tle in the 0-10 fight cat­e­gory.

At the same event last year the 17-year-old won the wel­ter­weight di­vi­sion un­der the sec­tion for box­ers who had fought be­tween zero and five fights in his first ever fight.

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