Yamba pugilist pounds his way to a national title
By TONY WHITE
YAMBA-based boxer Daniel Austin has won a gold medal at the Australian Amateur Boxing League National Championships in Bendigo, Victoria.
The 18-year-old defeated Tasmanian Josh Hoyland in the final of the intermediate middleweight division to win the Australia title.
"Daniel fought like a real seasoned pro," boxing trainer Norm Harvey said.
"He let go some perfect combinations, took his time and did a great job."
Austin was awarded the title on a points decision after four, two-minute rounds.
Earlier during the titles Harding's other boxers Troy Harding, 17, won two silver medals and 19-year-old Adam Jones a bronze.
"Daniel pushed himself really hard, he was always on top," Harvey said. "He told the other boys before the fight 'don't worry, I'll get a gold for us'.
"He was very determined to win."
Harding was a warm favourite to score gold at the national titles, but injury problems prior to his bouts affected his performance.
Harding was beaten by Dan Murray from NSW in the intermediate cruiserweight division and stepped up to the senior cruiserweight and lost to Ethan Swadling, also from NSW.
"Troy's fight against Dan Murray could have gone either way," Harvey said.
"Troy was bitterly disappointed at losing, but a couple of days before the fight he got six stitches from a head wound and has been having physio on an elbow problem he got from playing rugby league.
"Troy thought he could overcome the problems. He was determined to go out and fight but he couldn't hold his left hand up and had an eight count applied a couple of times. Troy wouldn't give in, but in the end the doctor stepped in and stopped it. Troy's stitches came open and he was getting tagged with big left hooks.
"He (Harding) has got a big ticker."
Jones fought in the eliminator for the senior light heavyweight title where he was beaten by eventual Australian champion, David Holtun from Victoria.
"Adam dominated for the first couple of rounds but his fitness gave way and he lost on a split decision. The decision was a bit controversial," Harvey said.
"I told him to hold his head up because he was the real champion."