Grafton Amateur Boxing Club's young gun James Morrison is ready for the Grafton Fight Night at the Clarence River Jockey Club.
Grafton Amateur Boxing Club's young gun James Morrison is ready for the Grafton Fight Night at the Clarence River Jockey Club. Adam Hourigan

All guts and glory as Morrison steps into ring for debut

BOXING: There is a gleam of tenacity in the eyes of 15-year-old James Morrison that you just cannot seem to get away from.

As he lays into the speed bag with the repetitive hum of a buzzing fly, you can feel the fighter inching ever closer to his in-ring debut.

It has not been a short journey either for the emergent bruiser who has spent the past 18 months sweating it out in the gym waiting for his opportunity.

That opportunity comes today when the junior featherweight competitor steps inside the ring against Casino's Lincoln Appleton at the Grafton Fight Night at Clarence River Jockey Club.

"I am extremely nervous, this is my first fight,” Morrison said. "I know that I spar a lot, and I know that for me the fight will be less than five minutes, but it is still making me nervous.”

For the first time Morrison will not give up weight to the person standing opposite him after spending all preparation sparring fellow boxing club members twice his size.

"I have sparred most of the guys in the gym a lot of times in recent weeks,” he said. "I am the only one my size and age (at the club) so I am constantly fighting up a weight class.”

The teenager said he was hooked on the sport the moment he saw the glitz and glamour on television.

Now after putting the work in he hopes to continue his fighting past the ring today but he is not getting ahead of himself.

"I really hope this fight will be my first of many, but I have to think of school and that obviously comes first.”

  • Grafton Amateur Boxing Club will hold a sports pack raffle draw supported by Sports First Grafton at the event with all proceeds going to CRANES Community Support Programs.


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