Owen Simpson, Australian Schoolboy Champion, Interstate Title bout, is preparing for the forthcoming fight night in Ballina.
Owen Simpson, Australian Schoolboy Champion, Interstate Title bout, is preparing for the forthcoming fight night in Ballina. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Owen takes the junior crown

BALLINA boxer Owen Simpson is celebrating after being crowned North Coast super heavyweight junior champion.

There were 26 fights when the Ballina Island Amateur Boxing Club hosted its first tournament at the Cherry Street Sports Club in Ballina. The 14-year-old now holds the junior belt, which is an age division for 17-years and under.

"Owen has a hell of a lot of talent," trainer Denis Magnay said. "It was a really hard fight with lots of big heavy power punching.

"I'm really happy for him and I think he has a big future in the sport."

Popular Cherry Street Bowling Club bartender Paul "Bluey" McDermott also stepped into the ring on the night against Ballina boxer Tim Trevilian.

McDermott lost on points but proved a big hit with the crowd.

Other Ballina fighters who won on the night were Robert Rollands, Zac Allen, Raymond Anderson, Michael Dwane, Williams James, Eric Hickling, Cody Kapeen, Ben Mailin and Tim Newton.

Broby Martin went down in a hard-fought contest that went to a points decision.

Casino and Woodburn boxers also had their fair share of winners.

There were Kaleb Gray, Leroy Kiliby, Sayd Livingstone, Liam Roberts (Casino) and Krystal White and Ethan Wilson (Woodburn).


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