Successful Grafton boxers Eddie De Bono, left, Kyle Hands, centre and Jay Bettison show off the trophies of a winning weekend.P
Successful Grafton boxers Eddie De Bono, left, Kyle Hands, centre and Jay Bettison show off the trophies of a winning weekend.P

Hurricane happy to blow out after first-round KO

By Dan MacDonald

daniel.macdonald@dailyexaminer.com.au

NOBODY was Kung Fu fighting at the weekend, and certainly not Adam, 'The Fu Man' Mawson.

But he gave it his best shot. In his shiny gown he traipsed through his home town supporters, dancing to the 1970s hit 'Everybody was Kung Fu fighting' to meet his Grafton-based super heavy weight contender, Kyle Hands.

He was boxing shadows that weren't even there and, unbeknownst to him, was wasting his time.

Hands hit the Fu Man with a straight right, sending him crashing through the ropes after just 45 seconds of fighting.

"I've now got a knock out and I've done everything I want to do," he said.

"I stopped the guy in 45 seconds with a right hander. He's a big guy with a big punch, I intended to try and take him in the third or fourth round.

"Look, he just spun around in the ring and walked into my right hand, and I put him through the ropes."

Hands said Mawson called for a rematch at the conclusion of the fight, but Hands said he thought his competitor would back down.

"I told him he should think about it," Hans said. "I don't think we'll fight again."

The pair have met twice before and both had managed a win. The fight was for North Coast Super Heavyweight title and the belt is Hands'.

Also boxing out of the Grafton Amateur Boxing Club was Hands' was first time fighter Jay Bettison.

The local managed to dispose of his little-known opponent in the third round.

Super heavy weight and fellow Graftonian Eddie de Bono did the same taking on a fighter who stood a full foot above his head.

"Eddie's opponent was a lot bigger than he was," said Hands.

"It was all a good night of boxing. There would have been about 500 people there."

Ben Ross, was also fighting under Mick Brilley's tutelage, but unlike the others could not manage a win.

"But he fought brilliantly," Hands said.

"Everyone in the crowd thought he won and I think they even gave him the trophy in the first place and then took it off him."

Anyone interested in learning to box is encouraged to join the Grafton Amateur Boxing Club, located at the Grafton Showground.



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