EARLY STOPPAGE: Grafton Amateur Boxing Club fighter Rhys Walters (red) eats a punch from Nambucca's Jay Melrose (blue) on his way to a TKO defeat in the fourth round. INSET: Grafton's Joey Pigg (left) battle's with Yamba's Sam Lollback.
EARLY STOPPAGE: Grafton Amateur Boxing Club fighter Rhys Walters (red) eats a punch from Nambucca's Jay Melrose (blue) on his way to a TKO defeat in the fourth round. INSET: Grafton's Joey Pigg (left) battle's with Yamba's Sam Lollback. Debrah Novak

Boxing back and fighting fit in the Valley

BOXING: Grafton Amateur Boxing Club coach Dean Cribb vowed to bring boxing back to the forefront of Clarence Valley sport after promoting the first local live fight night in more than five years.

A crowd well in excess of 200 people attended the fight tournament at Clarence River Jockey Club on Saturday and with the wheels already in motion for another event at the venue next year Cribb expects future numbers tol soar.

"Now that people know we are serious about getting the fights back at Grafton, it is only going to get bigger and better for the next one," Cribb said.

"The crowd really seemed to enjoy themselves and everyone went away from the ring happy. I am very happy with the outcome."

While all the fighters out of the amateur club including young James Morrison, Rhys Walters, Jamie Mansfield, Zac Cotten and Joseph Pigg were all on the losing end of their bouts, Cribb said the pre-fight training and work from his boys was evident in all fights.

"I could not be any prouder, all my fighters really stepped up and performed their job to the best of their abilities at the moment, and they are only going to grow from here," he said.

"They have got a lot of knowledge and now a bit of ring experience under their belts, they performed well above their standards and will only keep improving."

Joseph Pigg (red) and Sam Rollback (blue) are  competing in an outdoor boxing tournament at the Grafton Racecource on Saturday, 17th December, 2016.
Joseph Pigg (red) and Sam Rollback (blue) are competing in an outdoor boxing tournament at the Grafton Racecource on Saturday, 17th December, 2016. Debrah Novak

Cribb said the CRJC, and especially events manager Wayne Phillips, had to be credited for the success due to the support they threw behind the club.

"It is so great to have a venue like this, who is willing to get behind the boxing club and the community to get it going," he said.

"We have two fight nights (tentatively scheduled) for next year at this moment, if not three. It was the perfect venue to host the fights and plenty of the visiting fighters said they will come back and do it again."

Cribb will likely don the gloves himself next fight night as Masters boxing also makes a return to the Grafton boxing ring.



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