This is one student not to mess with

GRAFTON Amateur Boxing Club fighter Warren Cootes won a unanimous points decision against hard-punching Dorrigo fighter Jake Sutor in Lismore on Saturday night. In a highly competitive main bout, Sutor fought strongly, trying to take the initiative from Cootes. However, Cootes, a 17-year-old Grafton High School student, showed good resolve and countered Sutor's attacks with sustained punch combinations, landing left and right hands to gain ascendancy in a hard-fought contest. This performance comes on the back of a decisive victory at Murwillumbah two weeks ago in which he stopped his older and more experienced opponent in the third round. According to coach Jamie McClymont, Cootes' recent success is a direct result of an increase in the intensity of his training. "Warren understands there is no substitute for hard work and this is now paying off with his latest efforts in the ring," he said.

"We have also gained invaluable experience from attending the national talent and development program run by the AIS at Lake Ainsworth recently."

In addition to Cootes' performances, two other local fighters have stepped into the ring recently. Luke Hanna had an impressive points win at Murwillumbah two weeks ago.

Angus Percy had his first fight in an exhibition match in Lismore on Saturday night. He showed great enthusiasm and potential.

Head trainer Mick Brilley is looking forward to the next round of fights for the boys, at Ballina on September 22.



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