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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 the win.

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 tournament.

Unfortunately they only managed to match young Austin Armitage up for this one. And there were concerns as he was matched against an older, heavier opponent.

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 ones.

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 rounds.

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 performance.

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 own right.

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.

However, he didn’t do enough to get the points and the decision went the way of his opponent.

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)


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