13 June, 2021
Mackay Boxing Club punches on
MACKAY Boxing Club has been busy over the last several weeks travelling up to Cairns, out to Cloncurry and down to Gladstone covering nearly 4000kms.
On Saturday May 1, they travelled
up to Cairns to take part in
the “Do It” Boxing Club tournament
in Holloways Beach.
They managed to match four
boxers on a 12-bout card.
These were brothers Macen
(14yrs) and Memphis Algie
(12yrs), Austin Armitage (11yrs)
and Luke Dunn (20yrs).
Unfortunately, rain saw the
event pulled up short but the team
still managed to get three of their
boxers on before the rain interruption.
Macen, Luke and Austin all
managed to get a hit-out and all
performed very well taking out
Unfortunately due to the rain interruption Memphis didn’t get the chance to make it a clean sweep for Mackay Boxing Club.
Next the team travelled out
to Cloncurry on the 22nd May for
the Cloncurry PCYC Boxing Club
Unfortunately they only managed
to match young Austin Armitage
up for this one.
And there were concerns as
he was matched against an older,
Austin had experience on his
side and it showed as he dominated
through all three rounds and
picked up the win in what was a
very technical boxing display.
Finally on the last weekend of
May, the team travelled to Gladstone
with five athletes for the
Gladstone Boxing Club tournament.
There was a mix of young boxers
Macen, Memphis, Austin and
older boxers with Jessie King (36)
and Kial Engstrom (42) the older
All boxers had good hard bouts ahead of them but their busy schedule and training had them well prepared.
First up Jessie took on a girl
from the Gold Coast in what was
an even contest across all three
Jessie had a bit of ring rust due
to not being in the ring for some
time but she stayed busy and
out-pointed her opponent in a solid
The youngest boxer Austin Armitage was in next and once again he didn’t upset with his performance.
Austin matched his older
heavier opponent punch for punch
in the first round and looked the
goods in the second.
However his opponent took
advantage of his size and pushed
forward on to Austin.
He couldn’t quite handle the sustained pressure and the referee stopped the bout late in the third round.
However, Austin’s performance
was very clinical and he
did what the coach required.
Macen Algie was the third
boxer to jump in for an exhibition
bout which was entertaining in it’s
Macen’s opponent was a very
tall, rangy opponent which Macen
wasn’t used to.
He is used to being the taller
opponent and the hit out was very
good experience for him.
Next up was Memphis Algie matched against a very strong opponent, a former state champion from Bundaberg.
Both boys were left handed
and put a show on for the crowd,
boxing very well. But Memphis
had a higher work rate and took
the win in a split-points decision.
Finally, the old stager Kial Engstrom jumped in for a rematch against another Masters boxer from Gladstone.
Kial was after some redemption
after going down in their first
encounter in Mackay. Hel started
cautiously in the first and second
rounds then applied the pressure
in the third round.
didn’t do enough to get the points
and the decision went the way of
Next, the team will head up to
Townsville on June 19 with Macen
and Memphis Algie, Austin
Armitage and Jessie King.
Pictured top left is Jessie King and bottom left is Memphis Algie (both in red)