Moree boxer kick-starts pro career with title

The capacity crowd at Moree Town Hall on Saturday night  saw something special when local boy Cameron Hammond won his first professional title belt.

Moree’s Cameron Hammond throws a right at Argentinean Alfredo Rodolfo Blanco during his WBA Oceania Welterweight Title fight in Moree on Saturday. Photo: Downunder Boxing

Moree’s Cameron Hammond throws a right at Argentinean Alfredo Rodolfo Blanco during his WBA Oceania Welterweight Title fight in Moree on Saturday. Photo: Downunder Boxing

And  manager Matt Clark said  it was a comprehensive performance.

“One judge had it 10 rounds to none, another had it nine rounds to one and another had it eight rounds to two so it was a fair reflection of the fight.

“He’s got his first title belt as a professional and I think there’s plenty more to come.

“He’s got abilities you can’t teach.

“He’s got speed, reflexes and the defensive work which comes naturally to him. 

“We’ll keep moulding him and chipping away until he gets to where we need him to be,”Clark said.

Hammond and Argentina’s Alfredo Rodolfo Blanco exchanged blows for 10 tough rounds for the WBA Oceania Welterweight Title and it was Hammond who finished on top.

But he didn’t have it all his own way, with Hammond saying the awkward Argentinean switched from southpaw to orthodox at various stages of the fight.

“I prepared myself for 10 tough rounds and I got 10 tough rounds,” Hammond said.

“He was awkward and I needed to find a way to slow him down,” he said.

As the fight wore on and Hammond appeared in control, the parochial crowd started a “Cammo” chant at the beginning of the sixth round, and again in the eighth.

“I definitely heard them. It really pushes me along and it stirs me up,” Hammond said.

Clark said he was blown away by the support of the Moree community and said he wouldn’t rule out another fight being held in the town.

“The Moree crowd was fantastic –  you can’t argue with the support,” he said.

“I think they’d watch him again today if they could so we’re looking forward to bringing him back here again at some stage.”

Hammond will now enjoy a well-earned break.

“He’s been training his guts out for a couple of months now so he’ll have a rest and then we’ll have a look and see where we can place him next,” Clark said.

“You won’t hear me say a bad word about Cameron Hammond and I wish there were more like him.”

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