Moree’s Brent Munro held nothing back on Saturday night, making his middleweight boxing debut in Coffs Harbour.
Not only did the amateur boxer walk away with the win, he was also awarded ‘best fight of the night’.
Weighing in at 72 kilograms, Munro took on Coffs Harbour’s Tully O'Rourke, a southpaw boxer.
Coach Danny Cheetham said southpaws, or left-handers, could be quite difficult to take on at any experience level.
“Brent and I worked hard on how to box a southpaw, working on how to handle him, the best combinations to use and the best direction to move around,” he said.
Training out of the Moree Boxing Academy, historically known to produce some very successful boxers, Cheetham said Munro followed the fight plan “down to the letter”.
A few straight right hand, left hook combinations and Brent had his opponent on the back move.- Coach, Danny Cheetham.
“Tully was a fit, young chap who came out very strong and very hard. Brent had the weather the storm and push him back, which he did.
“A few straight right hand, left hook combinations and Brent had his opponent on the back move by the end of the first round,” he said.
Having to gain dominance early on in the bout burned a lot of Munro’s energy but Cheetham said he dug deep in rounds two and three.
“The local boy was fighting in front of his home crowd and he really tried to lift the pace again in round two.”
However, Munro held it together and managed to land the cleanest scoring shots in both round one and two.
By the third and final round, Cheetham said both boxers were fighting on memory and in auto-pilot.
“They were both exhausted and stood toe-to-toe in the centre ring trading blows.
“They were both very, very pleased to hear the final bell,” Cheetham said.
Munro was awarded the unanimous points decision after winning all three rounds.
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