Josh Nagle and Joanne Hunt prepare for fights on Saturday in Nambucca Heads.
Josh Nagle and Joanne Hunt prepare for fights on Saturday in Nambucca Heads.

Nervous 'bull' keen to fight

NERVOUS energy can fire a fighter with real intensity if it is harnessed properly.

After two years of slugging it out in the gym local female boxer Jo Hunt finally gets to vent all her built-up nervous energy when she steps into the ring for the first time on Saturday night at Nambucca Bowling Club. According to Hunt’s trainer Darren McMahon the fight has been a long time coming.

“Jo’s been waiting for an opportunity to fight for a couple of years and she is obviously a bit nervous but at the same time excited to finally get the opportunity,” McMahon said.

Hunt will face-off against a Port Macquarie fighter in the 75kg class or light-middle weight division and McMahon said his protégé has what it takes to win her first bout.

“Jo has trained the house down and in doing so has lost a few kilos so she can make the weight,” he said.

“I have big hopes for her and she’ll go well…she has waited a long time.

“The girl she is fighting, Arlene Bullncowe, has a martial arts background and has never boxed. She won’t be able to use her feet which will be in Jo’s favour.

“The problem with Jo at the moment is she says she doesn’t want to disappoint me… I don’t care what happens as long as she does her best. At the moment Jo is strong and she hits like a bull.”

Local rugby league player Josh Nagle has secured a bout on the same card and like Hunt it will be his first taste of boxing outside the gym. Nagle will fight local Nambucca lad Waid Colsen in the 67kg division which will be a test as Colsen has three fights under his belt.

“Josh is up against a guy who has had three fights for two wins and a loss,” McMahon said. “Josh has been training for about four months and wanted to try something different to league. He has been sparring at Goonellabah and against me and he should go well.”



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