4 Latrobe boxers head to elite titles

Former Australian champion and Commonwealth Games representative Luke Woods will compete in the Elite Champion Titles in New South Wales, fighting in the 64kg division.WHILE Jackson Woods will fly its flag at the London Olympics, it doesn’t mean the rest of the Latrobe Boxing Club is resting on its laurels.
HangZhou Night Net

The club is sending four members to the Elite Champion Titles in New South Wales this weekend.

It’s a tournament club coach Craig Woods rates highly.

“It’s like a mini Australian title where each weight division has four fighters,” Woods said.

“The great thing is you are guaranteed two fights, and with Olympic selection out of the way our main aim is to get as many fights as possible for the rest of the year.”

Former Australian champion and Commonwealth Games representative Luke Woods headlines the quartet and will fight in the 64kg division.

Craig said New South Welshman Darrell Borg would pose the biggest threat to Luke’s hopes of taking out the title.

“He (Borg) will be very handy,” Woods said.

“But Luke was just beaten in the final at the Australian Championships a few months ago and is in good shape.”

Nick Cooney is also making the trip north, with Irishman Ciaran Bates one of the men standing in his way of winning the 60kg division.

Matt Newitt will step into the ring in the 60kg division while Dylan Hardy will carry the club’s hopes in the 75kg division.

Woods expects Hardy and Victorian Jake Carr to produce one of the fights of the tournament.

“My son Aaron has beaten him (Carr) twice, but he has improved a lot since then,” Woods said.

“Dylan is a Youth Commonwealth Games representative and it will be a good tussle.”

Woods said it was encouraging to see so many of the club’s members fighting at the top level.

“This weekend will give all the boys good exposure,” he said.

“To have four boys nominate and get invitations is a huge boost for the club.

“It’s all part of our goal at next year’s Australian Championships, which is a seeding event for the Commonwealth Games.”

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.

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