Hunt's debut fight a no-contest

IT WAS not an ideal start to local female boxer Jo Hunt’s fighting career when she was thrown into the ring against an experienced pug at Nambucca on Saturday night.

Hunt was all geared up to fight Port Macquarie’s Arlene Bullncowe but in a late change to the card she was pitted against a fit fighter with loads of experience.

Although the fight was stopped late in the first round Hunt’s trainer Darren McMahon was proud of his up-and-coming protégé and knows this could be the start of things.

“We only found out at the last moment that Jo would be fighting a different girl,” McMahon said.

“The girl was a very fit looking Maori fighter who has 15 kick boxing bouts under her belt... she fought like a thrashing machine.

“Jo was obviously disappointed but I’m proud in the way she hung in there and gave her all... you could see before the fight how tough the other girl was.”

Meanwhile in his first amateur bout local rugby league player Josh Nagle won a split-decision fight against a Nambucca local in the welter-weight division.

McMahon was full of praise for the way Nagle kept throwing punches right up until the bell in the final round.

“Josh actually put a count on the guy in the second round before finishing strong, his fitness was far superior,” he said. “Josh is dying to have another crack after tasting his first success.”

McMahon said anyone interested in learning how to box should contact the Big River Sports Gym.

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