Home-town supporters enthuse victorious boxers
SPURRED on by home-town supporters, Gladstone Amateur Boxing Club fighters were in winning form at the State of Origin fight night at the club gym on Saturday night.
Although the event pulled a smaller crowd than the club is accustomed to, they were no less enthusiastic, inspiring Gladstone fighters to victory against accomplished opponents.
In the feature light-heavyweight (81kg) event, Gladstone favourite Ben McEachran played master to Dennis Arthur's apprentice in an exciting finish to the night.
McEachran's power and experience proved too much for the national under-19 champion from the ACT, the referee stopping the fight just seconds before the final bell.
After a patient start, McEachran lifted the tempo in the second round, rocking his opponent with two big right hand shots and then opening the third round with a flurry of scoring punches to assert his authority on the bout.
Also impressive on the night were siblings Anthony and Jeff Taylor, with Anthony just edging out his older brother for the fighter of the night award.
Anthony was forced to call upon all his strength to overcome his 61kg opponent James McPherson of the ACT.
After wearing a couple of sharp shots early in the first round, Anthony responded with a booming right to floor McPherson.
McPherson was not daunted by the setback, producing several well-executed scoring combina-tions over the remainder of the bout but unable to stop the even more impressive home town fighter.
Jeff Taylor, in his final fight before undergoing a shoulder reconstruction was also in good touch.
Taking on the much-decorated Aaron Russell of Logan City in the junior 81kg division, Jeff had to cop some punishment but was always quick to respond.
Jeff came out firing in the third round, landing three early blows to Russell's head, helping him get over the line in a close decision.