A bout a boy

By TONY WHITE

AFTER just five fights, Grafton boxer Ollie Gilmer has claimed the Australian Amateur Boxing Association's Far North Coast 65kg title.

The 18-year-old scored an impressive points decision over local Les Burgess in Ballina last weekend to claim the title.

The 170cm pugilist took his record to four wins from five fights, his only loss coming against experienced Australian champion James Roberts in Lismore last year.

"He's a good lad who trains hard and is a very smart boxer for his experience," boxing coach Jamie McClymont said.

"His defence is his best asset and he counter punches well.

"If he works hard on his craft and stays dedicated he's got a good chance of making it."

Gilmer, a Grafton High School student, took up boxing two years back and met McClymont through his father, John Gilmer's work at Grafton Hospital.

Three times a week Gilmer works out at the gym in Grafton Showground with McClymont and head trainer Mick Brilley.

Skipping, ball and pad work, running and 12-15 rounds sparring make for a strenuous session.

"Rory and Christian have been great helping with sparring and Mick (Brilley) deserves special mention for his help," Gilmer said.

"I really like boxing, the challenge, challenging myself and the one on one competition.

"And the training keeps me fit."

Gilmer plans to defend his Far North Coast title in Murwillumbah on August 29.

"I'm taking things one step at a time. I used to play other sports like league, union and soccer, but I'm now concentrating on boxing," Gilmer said.

"Hopefully I can keep improving and maybe win a NSW or Australian title."



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