Three boxers from Loxton`s Riverland Boxing & Fitness Club appeared in bouts at a tournament at the Waterside Workers Club in port Adelaide recently.
Although stepping up a weight division from his normal 60 kg Junior class Bradon Dunning continued to fast track his relatively new career by knocking down Adelaide`s Kyle Howard and then boxing cleverly to win the bout. It was Dunning`s third win in a row and gave hime a 2-1 lead in three meetings with Howard.
Ryan Goodes, on the doorstep of his 70th bout, then had a rematch against Owen Hems (Adelaide) in the 69kg Youth Open division and in a crowd pleasing match with both boxers impressing Goodes took the honours after an even contest.
Third into the ring was the recent arrival at the Loxton Gym Jack Seabourne in a 64kg Youth Open bout against Adelaide`s Isaac Howard. After the impressive Seabourne lowered his opponent to the canvas Howard lacked composure and the Loxton fighter won the match on disqualification.
Held in conjunction with these ‘local’ bouts was an interstate clash between SA and NSW with the latter taking the honours overall. Representing SA the Steven Rudd trained Stephen Finey started strongly against NSW`s Satali Tevi-Fuimaono but then was overcome by an exceptional display of skill by the visitor. Tevi-Fuimaono won a World junior title in 2013 and is preparing for the Youth Olympics to be held later this year so it was an excellent learning experience for Finey.
30 bouts were watched by a crowd of 500 at the tournament.