Off the ropes
MICK Brilley has been training boxers for more than a decade.
And after waiting nine long years to see local boxers strut their stuff in the ring in front of a packed audience, Brilley finally got his wish on Saturday when the Grafton Amateur Boxing Club, in conjunction with the South Grafton Ex-Servicemen's Club, held the much-anticipated Grafton Fight Night.
Local boxers got to showcase their skills in front of a full house and the former boxer turned trainer couldn't be happier.
"The night went pretty good and there was a terrific crowd on hand to witness some quality fighters," Brilley said.
"It was standing room only and I'm sure the South Club are as happy as we are with the turnout on the night."
The main bout on the night featured local hopeful Corbin Robertson up against Lismore's Billy 'The Kid' Robinson and according to Brilley it was a match-up that had the raucous crowd on the edge of their seats.
"Corbin ended up winning in a unanimous decision and not one of the judges was from Grafton," he said.
"It was one of the best fights I've witnessed in over a year.
"It was pretty even right up to the last round then Corbin unloaded a heap of punches which forced Billy almost to his knees.
"I think the final bell may have saved him."
Brilley said all the local boxers did their club proud with a couple of fights going right down to the wire.
Fight Night Winners
Chris Lambert def Tyler White
Daniel Johnson def Jake Hetherington
Tristan Ellison def Dillon Montgomery
Jed Cullen def Ryan Cotton
Dan Moloney def Kurt Murphy
Logan Beechey def Jarrod Miller
Corbin Roberston def Billy Robinson
All bouts were won on unamimous points decision