Ben Marsden in the red corner competes at the Yamba Fight Night at the Yamba Shores Tavern.
Ben Marsden in the red corner competes at the Yamba Fight Night at the Yamba Shores Tavern. Debrah Novak

Yamba's Fight Night attracts crowd

HE JUST claimed a confidence-boosting scalp but trainer Norm Harvey says young gun Chris Jones must knuckle down if he is to maintain his winning ways.

While his bout with Inverell’s John Berger failed to match its billing as Saturday’s Yamba Fight Night’s main drawcard, Jones can take plenty from his four-round, points decision triumph.

The Yamba boxer and current NSW welterweight champion proved too good for Berger but Harvey admits a lack of training intensity could be enough to tip the scales when the two next meet.

A rematch is scheduled for June 12, which will determine the state’s light-middleweight belt.

“It’s going to be a beauty,” Harvey says of the return contest.

“If Chris doesn’t knuckle down and start training he’ll get beat on points.”

Earlier Jones had done enough with his aggressive style to take the spoils on a night when 10 clubs from two states attended.

“It was going to be a title bout (between Jones and Berger) but because we didn’t give much notice about it they just called it a non-title bout,” Harvey says.

“It actually looked like two seasoned professionals.

“There was some real nice boxing from both sides.”

While not the main drawcard, the battle for the Adam Skat-Harvey Memorial Trophy proved most enthralling.

Yamba’s Ben Marsden beat Corben Williams in an ‘excellent’ contest which had those in attendance on the edge of their seats.

Although most of the bouts had a similar effect.

“We had fighters coming from as far as the top of Queensland to Newcastle,” Harvey says.

“It was all perfect matches.

“All the crowd really got into the matches.”



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