Sydney Uni Boxing Club fights at Richmond
Four Boxers from Sydney University took the languid train ride to Richmond to compete in the State Novice Boxing titles. The Novice category was divided into three classes with an A class of 8-15 fights, B class 4-7 fights and C class 0-3 fights. The competition drew large numbers with over 200 turning up to test their stamina and show their skills.
University’s first contender was Kim Son Nguyen, also known as ‘Sunny’, an undergraduate and treasurer of the Boxing Club competing in the 64kg light welterweight division C class.
Sunny started strongly, fearlessly closing in for combinations and standing toe to toe with his opponent. But Sunny was up against someone of greater power and strength. As much as Sunny tried to use the distance and space of the ring to move his opponent around when Sunny was cornered he was unable to stop the superior strength and power reigning in scoring combinations. Sunny tried to outbox in the latter rounds but there was not enough time to wear down his opponent with a loss on points.
Our second contender, Blue, also known as Balwan Thkondakindi, is a first year student who has rapidly advanced from the beginners class at the start of the year to relishing the extra fitness and training of the elite competition group.
Blue was doing well in the lead up rounds. The leads swapping in the first two rounds with both boxers realising that the last round would determine the winner. In that round both boxers came out on the bell invigorated with electrifying bursts of combinations . However the extra strength and power of Blue’s opponent became painfully apparent. Blue was doing well with defensive counter combinations until he misjudged an attacking movement and was unable to block a well time right and received a standing 8 count in the last ten seconds of the final round.
Two other University Boxing Club members were more successful in reaching the finals.
James Kwa Seng Robinson 2nd year Engineering in the 64 kg weight class was pitched in the B Classification novice section for those of 4 to 7 fight experiences. James won through to the final with good fitness and stamina.
In the final James was pitched against a tall rangy boxer who was a full head height above him in stature. James realised earlier that he had to cover up well to defend against long range jabs and control movement in the ring. In the first round James concentrated on moving sharply around the ring, closing for body shots then close order blocking as he made his way out from long range jabs. The jabs, when they came, were quite telling and caused James early grief scoring directly on the front head gear.
The 2nd round James closed again for body shots but finished the combinations by going upstairs, scoring valuable head shots before retreating back out to a safe distance and wearing down his opponent with the chase.
In the final round James started with the right cross piercing the opponent defences through for scoring shots. When his opponent tried for clinches to slow James down James knew he had the upper hand. Trying to avoid the clinches and the long jab James went on the front foot harrying his opponent into the corner for high scoring combinations. It was a decisive unanimous points decision giving James the gold medal in the light Welterweight division.
Beau White our fourth contender was in the 69 kg welterweight division. Conversely Beau had height over his opponent, a shorter and stocky challenger who appeared to have worked too much on strength and power and had not balanced the training with footwork speed. In the first round Beau ‘s opponent tried to corner Beau and smash him with shock and awe. Beau guarded up with none landing of any consequence. In Round 2 Beau settled into comfortable combinations and speed of footwork darting in with straight jabs, then mixed it with straight jabs followed by right body shots.
In round three Beau’s opponent, believing he was behind on points, unleashed at the opening bell a ferocious onslaught trying to pin Beau to the ropes. But the furious pace told and when Beau saw his opponent sagging Beau came back in the last half of the round and with his opponent’s guard dropping began attacking at will. The single straight jabs were landing repeatedly for the last 30 seconds and gave Beau the decision on points.
The novice titles being a good experience for the first years and welcome rewards for the 2nd years. It was a fitting reward to several coaches who had taken the time this year to bring the competition boxers upto the challenge. The Club congratulates and thanks coaches, Joel Davis , Ashgar Ali Shah and Greg Stanton . In November with the State Elite titles the club also hopes to have competitive boxers representing the Varsity.