Young Ballina boxer shines in his bouts
BALLINA Island Amateur Boxing League Club fighter, 16-yearold Broby Martin, won a national title at Hobart recently as his opponent withdrew from the event.
But, not satisfied with travelling so far to not compete, he fought in a weight division aboves his own, and nearly pulled off an upset.
Broby's reputation preceeded him to the titles and his expected opponent in the Junior 44kg division withdrew from the event.
In his previous bouts in NSW and Queensland, no other boxer in Broby's division has been able to stand up to his tremendous punching power and he has stopped them in the early rounds.
Broby received the gold medal on a walkover.
In order to secure a bout, Broby entered the next weight division of 48kg and drew a North Queenslander for the semi-finals.
He had a comfortable points win in that bout and then fought a Tasmanian in the final.
Broby's trainer Denis Magnay said the final was a very exciting and rugged affair with the Tasmanian receiving the judges close points decision.
Broby received the silver medal.
"As one who has refereed Geoff Fenech as an amateur, I consider Broby Martin to be better than Fenech at the same time in his career," Magnay said.
"If Martin continues in the sport, he will go all the way."