DING DING: Judge Barry Lamont after some of the night’s action.
DING DING: Judge Barry Lamont after some of the night’s action.

Grafton fight night thriller

A 12-YEAR age gap might hinder your performance but a 600-punch flurry can prove a very persuasive boxing argument.

It worked for Grafton Amateur Boxing Club’s Corbin Robertson when the 18-year-old squared off with Yamba’s Shane Hawkins at the Condong Bowling Club on Saturday night.

Despite giving away more than a decade in age, Robertson claimed a third-round TKO victory to cap a fine performance from the Grafton club.

Fellow youngsters Joseph Hartmann and Angus Percy also stepped into the ring and came away with a 1-1 record on the night.

But it was the performance of Robertson – noted by sparring partner Stuart Murphy – that proved compelling.

“It’s the first 600-punch combination I’ve ever seen,” Murphy joked.

Weighing in at 80.7kg, Robertson charged from the opening bell only to be met by the unforgiving left hand of Hawkins.

However youthful speed took over and allowed Robertson to claim the win in his debut boxing outing.

Hartmann, 15, is the younger brother of Jason who will challenge for the vacant Australian Middleweight Title against Johannes Mwetupunga in Brisbane tonight.

And Joseph’s first-round knockout of Yamba’s Luke Austen proved the perfect precursor to tonight’s title showdown.

The win was the youngster’s third from as many attempts and was on the back of his North Coast Best Junior Boxer Award for 2009.

In a crowd-pleasing display, 18-year-old Percy threw every gram of his 72.8kg frame into Queensland brawler Will Parsons.

But it wasn’t to be for the lightweight powerhouse, who was pipped on points in a split decision.

The trio are trained by Mick Brilley at the Grafton Showgrounds Monday to Thursday from 4.30-6.30pm.

Contact 6643 3383.



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