Golden Rivers Deniliquin RSL Boxing Club boxer Brad Maw remains undefeated in the ring, following a unanimous decision win at the Murray River Rumble in Mulwala on Saturday.
Maw, 22 years-old, won all three rounds against previously undefeated Hunter Barnes from Dubbo to improve his record to 3-0.
The fight began with Maw in control of the contest early, with solid left jabs connecting and with the Deni fighter occassionally changing direction with a hook or hard right to win the round.
It was much the same in round two, with Maw fighting smart while Barnes became desperate, swinging and missing, with Maw responding with quick jabs.
The third and final round continued to favour Maw, who stuck to his gameplan befor a solid right connected to have Barnes on the ropes, with the Dubbo fighter holding on to see out the round.
Golden Rivers trainer Roy Lynn was proud of Maw’s efforts in the ring.
‘‘Hunter (Barnes) is built like a brick wall and was always going to be tough to overcome,’’ he said.
‘‘After round one it seemed that Hunter had lost his confidence though after Brad dominated the fight.
‘‘That solid right that Brad nailed in the third round rattled Hunter’s cage a fair bit, but he managed to stick in there.’’
Unfortunately for Golden Rivers 17 year-old Blake Charlton couldn’t overcome Mulwala’s Zac Connell, going down via unanimous decision after three rounds.
Connell came out of the blocks strongly putting the pressure on Charlton.
Despite his best efforts with his good movement and counter punching, Charlton lost the first round to his fast starting opponent.
Round two saw good boxing with Charlton showing tremendous defence and good evasion
But once again it was Connell standing tall, winning the second round, leaving Charlton to try and win the bout via knockout in the third round.
Charlton fired up in the last round with some solid punches connecting, but when the final bell rang it was too late.
Despite the result, Lynn was still impressed by Charlton.
‘‘Blake looked to be the better craftman in the ring,’’ he said.
‘‘That last round was all Blake, scoring point after point. I didn’t see Zac (Connell) get one solid punch in in that round.
‘‘The decision was a bit disappointing for us, but Blake still has a very bright future and should bounce back from this.’’
Also representing Golden Rivers on the night was Terry Blake and Travis Rochford, who both refereed and judged throughout the night.
‘‘Travis was fortunate enough to referee the main bout,’’ Lynn said.
‘‘Terry and Travis did a tremendous job and all of us at Golden Rivers are proud of both men.’’