Loss hard to take for Hartmann
GRAFTON boxer Jason Hartmann has lost in his bid to become national champion after a third-round defeat to Victorian Johannes Mwetupunga in Brisbane on Friday night.
The youngster was fighting for the vacant Australian Middleweight Title and Hartmann’s camp went in with high hopes of him clinching one of the region’s biggest boxing wins since Jeff Harding’s success in 1987.
On that occasion Harding won the Australasian Light heavyweight Title.
But Hartmann could not repeat the dose.
It was a bitter pill for the camp after the fight was rescheduled from March 5 to 26 due to a shift of venue.
This forced Hartmann to set back his training preparations, which needed to be at peak level against an opponent he gave away both height and weight to.
Trainer Rob De Lange was still coming to terms with the loss yesterday.
“I’m still fairly emotional about it all,” he said.
“He was ahead until he copped a straight right.”