Teenager Rowan Smith took his amateur record to 1-1 after a unanimous points decision on Saturday night.March 12, 2014 4:50am
Young Jerilderie boxer Rowan Smith won his first amateur bout on Saturday night, defeating his Victorian opponent in a unanimous points decision.
The gritty, come-from-behind victory at Corowa Golf Club proved that Smith, who trains with and represents the Deniliquin-based Golden Rivers RSL Boxing Club, has the potential to be star, his coach Roy Lynn said.
Smith was the first Golden Rivers boxer to step into the ring on Saturday night, matched up against Wangaratta’s Peter Mangat.
‘‘In the first round Rowan started off slow, throwing one punch at a time instead of combinations,’’ Lynn said.
‘‘Rowan’s work rate was slow and he lost the first round.’’
After being outpointed in the opening round, Smith’s corner men, Lynn and Anthony Tonkin, told the teenager in words the Southern Riverina News cannot print that he had to move more.
Whatever was said must have worked because Smith loaded the second round full beautiful right crosses and hooks to take the points.
‘‘The third round was ‘winner takes all’ and Rowan flogged himself to a standstill to win the round and the fight by unanimous decision,’’ Lynn said.
‘‘Rowan has so much potential and not enough confidence, but we will be working with him on that.
‘‘The club is very proud of his achievement.
‘‘The superstar was even interviewed by WIN TV after the fight.’’
Smith’s record is now 1-1 after he narrowly lost to Benalla’s Dylan Sheehan in October last year.
Next up from Golden Rivers was newcomer John Arthur, but the match-maker couldn’t find an opponent suitable for a novice, so Arthur boxed a three-round no-decision contest against Corowa’s Russell Anderson.
‘‘Russell was a giant of a man, in the next division up from John. He was a super heavy weight,’’ Lynn said.
‘‘A lesser man than John would have ran for the nearest exit, but John has confidence in his ability and moved well and jabbed hard to keep up in the first and second rounds.
In the third round, Anderson started to work the Deniliquin boxer out and caught him with a few good hooks.
The crowd roared at the end of the bout, applauding both the boys, and Arthur proved he is a star of the future, Lynn said.
Last on for Golden Rivers was Deniliquin’s Phil Clent against Jordan Lundh of Melbourne.
Despite Lundh’s wealth of experience the first round was even.
Clent used his straight left and sharp rights and moved beautifully around the ring.
‘‘It was on in round two and Jordan attacked from the bell,’’ Lynn said.
‘‘Phil held him off with counter punching, but at the end of the round Jordan caught Phil with a hard right on the nose and then the claret would not stop flowing,’’ Lynn said.
Lynn pulled Clent out of the contest before the third round.
‘‘Phil has courage, ability and guts and will be better next contest,’’ the trainer said.
‘‘The three boys did our club very proud and looked a million bucks in the club’s uniforms.
‘‘There is an enormous amount of training that takes place by our boxers and they need to be commended for their commitment.
‘‘We are very thankful to all that travelled from Deniliquin to support our team.’’
The next contest for Golden Rivers boxers is at Albury Commercial Club on May 31.
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