Home crowd may give Coastal boxers edge

PLENTY OF INCENTIVE: Jarrad Gale (left) and Paul Coppleman will headline a 15-fight card at the Devonport Basketball Stadium tomorrow night. Picture: Stuart Wilson.PAUL Coppleman and Jarrad Gale are itching to get back into the ring in front of their home crowd.
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The Coastal boxers, who are both now based interstate, will headline a 15-fight card at the Devonport Basketball Stadium tomorrow night.

Coppleman said his bout with Filipino Ariel Omongos, the only professional fight of the evening, would be a stern test but hoped the support of a vocal audience would help him over the line.

“I’ve never fought him before, but he will keep me on my toes because he is a knockout specialist,” Coppleman said.

“I’ll take the fight by feel and if I can get him out of there early I will.

“Hopefully there will be a good turnout.”

With the fight having been rescheduled, Coppleman admitted his 14-week preparation has been longer and less ideal than usual.

However, with the incentive of a title fight on the line, the now Melbourne- based gloveman is determined to leave nothing on the canvas.

“If I can get a win here I hope to be the challenger for the WBF Commonwealth title,” Coppleman said.

“I’m going to give it my all and hopefully get the result.”

Sunshine Coast-based Gale knows little about the way his Western Australian opponent Ben Page fights, but knows winning will be no easy task.

“I’m going in a bit blindfolded,” Gale admitted.

“I’m sure it’s going to be a tough fight, but I’ve been training pretty hard for it.

“I’m hoping it’s the home crowd which helps me get over the line.”

A premiership player with Ulverstone in the NTFL, Gale still plays football in Queensland, but admits the Sherrin has taken a back seat to sparring.

“I’m still playing footy, I’ll never give that away, but I’ve eased off it a bit to give boxing a good go,” he said.

“Turning professional could be on the cards if things go well.”

The event is being hosted by the North-West Boxing Club in conjunction with the Tasmanian Boxing League.

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.

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