Matthew Douglas from Gladstone PCYC in action against Impact’s Kirk Dumschat at the Gladstone PCYC on Saturday night.
Matthew Douglas from Gladstone PCYC in action against Impact’s Kirk Dumschat at the Gladstone PCYC on Saturday night. Brenda Strong

League stars enjoy boxing

A GATHERING of rugby league greats, including Paul Gallen, Jason Hetherington and Mark Graham, were on deck to witness Gladstone PCYC’s explosive fight night on Saturday.

Fighters from Rockhampton and Kingaroy to Caloundra put on a show for a healthy Gladstone crowd, but local drawcard Sam Nicol was a noticeable absentee from the program.

“His opponent pulled out, then Sam pulled out with an injured back; some of the people who came to watch him fight were probably a bit disappointed, but that’s fighting,” promoter and Gladstone PCYC boxing coach Russel Thomas said.

“Really, until the bell goes on the first fight you never know what you’ve got. We had a few people promising to be there then pulled out.”

Despite Nicol’s withdrawal there was plenty of home-grown talent on display in Gladstone PCYC fighters Cory Hick, Ben Pegg and Matthew Douglas along with Island Sands’ Jordan Lindley and Zac O’Connor.

Hick impressed in just his second bout despite losing a unanimous points decision to Rockhampton fighter Brenton Doblo, and Thomas expects big things to come from the tenacious youngster in the near future.

“Every time Cory gets in the ring he’s got a fair bit of grit and determination behind him. It’s early days for him, but the way he trains and his attitude towards training and fighting is really good,” he said.

Ben Pegg made his return to the ring after a break from the sport, in an exhibition fight against the much smaller Callum Williams from Rockhampton, and Ben showed he hasn’t lost any flair or ability.

“It’s good to see Ben back. He brings a bit of colour to the fight game. He’s a big hard hitter and we’ll get him to where he wants to be with his fitness and his peak and we’ll go from there with a couple of fights,” Thomas said.

In the main event, Caloundra’s light heavyweight, Scott “The Rock” Kelly, improved his record to seven wins from eight fights with a brutal victory over Jack Graham of Phoenix.

“Thanks to the sponsors and the people who turned up. It’s typical of Gladstone.

They always seem to support these things so we’ll look forward to having another one down the track,” Thomas said.



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