Kallan Peeples (top), Kadeesha Phillips, (left) Jordan Lindley, Zachery Challis, Zac O’Connor back in training after the tournament in Warwick.
Kallan Peeples (top), Kadeesha Phillips, (left) Jordan Lindley, Zachery Challis, Zac O’Connor back in training after the tournament in Warwick. Brenda Strong

Mixed luck for boxers

SEVERAL Island Sands Boxing Club fighters had their first taste of action in the ring in Warwick last Saturday, and another had a scorching win.

It was an emotional weekend for Island Sands boxing trainer Russell Thompson, as it was his first time back to the Warwick RSL in 20 years, coupled with the shock death of Alex Slade, the teen fighter from Impact Boxing, on the Saturday. Four of the bouts were exhibitions, but nevertheless provided Thompson’s boxers valuable experience.

Kallan Peeples got in the ring against Aly Jerkic, giving him a real run for his money and nearly won.

“He’s (Peeples) one tough little boy and did extremely well,” Thompson said.

Kadeesha Phillips fought Isabelle Schubert in the 48kg category, and while it was another exhibition bout, Phillips went out all guns blazing.

“Kadeesha went extremely well and managed to hurt the Australian champ,” Thompson said.

In a fight for points, Zac O’Connor didn’t get far against Dominic Tarnell, getting dropped in the first round, unable to improve on two wins in his short career.

Jordan Lindley’s talent as a pugilist continues to grow, and after his 16th bout and eighth win, his coach could see how time in the ring has benefited the boxer greatly.

“He’s getting better and better with every fight and is starting to find his way around the ring,” Thompson said.

Lindley took on Jessie Heckendorf and his left hook was too good for his opponent, as well as having the necessary nous to outwit him.

“He’s starting to get a boxing brain and is a top little worker,” Thompson said.

Nine-year-old Harry Connell—the little pocket rocket—had his first stoush and performed well.

Thompson said the weekend was an excellent team-building exercise.



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