Boxing Club's annual event a knockout despite low fight numbers
Timaru's Shade Darroch showed plenty of promising signs in his first boxing fight in four years.
The Timaru Boxing Club held their annual tournament at the Celtic Clubrooms on Anzac Ave.
Darroch was beaten by Waikuku's Jeremy Gargett by unanimous decision in their three two minute round under-75kg junior male fixture.
Coach John Ensor said Darroch showed plenty of potential in his first fight back.
"I was pleased with what I saw from him.
"Jeremy's a good fighter and had just won a novice title at the Golden Gloves on Queen's Birthday Weekend, so he was always going to be a good challenge."
Ensor said he already had another fight lined up.
"We're off to Christchurch next weekend for another match-up. He did really well in that fight."
Ensor said the event went well despite being a few bouts short.
"We had quite a few pull out for varying reasons like illness and injury which did take the gloss off the event a touch."
However, Ensor said the fights that did take place were all good match-ups.
"We had a good crowd and everyone seemed to enjoy the night, which is great."
Aysa Schmidt won the women's title fight against Bo Dean Blackburn.
On debut, Oamaru's Zac Schofield won his 54kg match-up against Rangiora's James Charlton by split decision
A strong final round gave the 14-year-old two of the three judges' cards.
Schofield said he was delighted with the win.
"I really enjoyed it,. It wasn't as tough as I expected."
Schofield said he was looking forward to his next bout.