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Deniliquin boxers to debut at Corowa

Four boxers from the local Golden Rivers Boxing Club will be in action at Corowa tomorrow night.

March 7, 2014 4:50am

Rowan Smith (in grey) and John Arthur prepare for tomorrow night’s fight with a body sparring session.

It is only March but 2014 is shaping up to be another massive year for the Golden Rivers Boxing Club.

After 12 years at the Deniliquin Sports Stadium, the club has moved its gym to a new home in Duncan St.

Members of the club spent Saturday and Sunday moving and setting up equipment, under the guidance of Anthony Tonkin and David Caruso, so it was ready for training on Monday.

The move coincides with Phil Clent and John Arthur stepping up their regime and making their fighting debuts this weekend.

They will be joined by more experienced boxers Codie Haywood and Rowan Smith at the Corowa Golf Club tomorrow night.

Golden Rivers head coach Roy Lynn said the move to a new gym has been a long time coming and is just the start of a very exciting time for the club.

‘‘We have become a sub-club of the Deniliquin RSL and have moved into a new gym adjacent the RSL car park, right next door to the Rural Fire Service building,’’ Lynn said.

‘‘I want to thank Deniliquin RSL CEO David Hart, the RSL board of directors, the staff at the Deniliquin RSL and our Golden Rivers committee member Simone Tonkin for making the dream come true.

‘‘The club will be forever grateful for such a wonderful opportunity.’’

Lynn said the new venue has had new lighting and airconditioning installed courtesy of Golden Rivers’ successful application for grant funding under the RSL Club’s grants scheme.

‘‘Our members will certainly put the new premises to good use,’’ he said.

While four of the club’s boxers will be stepping into the ring tomorrow night, teenager Carter Tonkin, who won his first amateur bout in poetic style last year, won’t be in action until after November.

‘‘Carter is going to focus on his studies to complete Year 12,’’ Lynn said.

‘‘He will continue to train as normal with the club, but won’t be competing.

‘‘We wish him all the best and can’t wait to see him back in the ring later this year.’’

Lynn said the club’s next venture is to raise enough money to lay down carpet in the gym and insulate the roof for the warmer months.

The club also plans to upgrade some of its equipment and purchase a boxing ring, which would enable the club to host professional competitions.

‘‘To bring boxing matches to Deniliquin is a big dream of ours,’’ Lynn said.

‘‘We have already received a generous donation from Rachel and Darren Finn. Rachel attends the ladies defence class and we are very grateful to them both.’’

Golden Rivers trains on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6.30pm to 7.30pm, and cost is $5 per session.

Ladies defence classes are on Tuesday and Thursday from 3.30pm to 4.30pm.

The club will look at launching.

A seniors class for those wanting to polish up on some old skills or just wanting to improve their fitness may be starting up in the near future.

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