First wins for Charlton bros.

May 29, 2018

A victorious Luke Charlton (right) with opponent Jade Edgar.

Brad Maw (right) posing with Joel Robinson following his first loss.

Riley Foord (left) and Chad Liwaken following their split decision battle.

Brothers Luke and Blake Charlton had a fantastic night at the ‘Boxing on the Border’ event at Wodonga on Saturday.

The Golden Rivers RSL Boxing Club fighters both picked up their first amateur boxing win at the event.

Blake finally had a result go his way after some close losses in previous outings, with a unanimous decision against Albury’s Josh Szakacs in his fourth official fight.

For older brother Luke it was a victory on debut against Albury’s Jade Edgar, also via unanimous decision.

Golden Rivers trainer Paul Johnstone, who was the club’s cornerman for the night, said the Charlton brothers were both quite impressive.

‘‘Blake’s been unlucky in the past with split decisions going against him,’’ he said.

‘‘This contest left no doubt though, with Blake thinking like a complete box fighter.

‘‘His fitness and hard punching were featured throughout the contest in a well earned win.

‘‘Luke has always been a bit hesitant to step into the ring but last Wednesday I reassured him that he had the ammunition to win many fights.

‘‘He fired on all cylinders. He owned the fight, owned the ring and won every round.’’

Unfortunately for the club that’s where the victories ended with Brad Maw, Codie Haywood and Riley Foord unable to come away with a win.

Maw’s unbeaten 5-0 start to his boxing career came to an end, falling to veteran Joel Robinson by unanimous decision.

It was a tough return to the ring for Haywood, suffering her first loss by TKO in the first round to Leah Haining.

For Foord it was a close contest in his official debut, going down in a split decision against Chad Liwaken.

‘‘Riley had what was almost fight of the night,’’ Johnstone said.

‘‘It was a hard fought contest with excellent boxing. Riley has a big future in the ring.

‘‘Brad (Maw) fought well but just didn’t quite do enough. It was a brilliant contest nonetheless.

‘‘It’s tough having your first loss but Brad has a lot of talent and should bounce back from it.

‘‘It was Codie’s first fight in over a year and she was just simply outclassed.

‘‘She did box well and with more training I’m sure we’ll see her back to her best.

‘‘We had many great comments about the boxing ability of all our fighters and we’re extremely proud of how they went.’’

The local boxers will all have the opportunity to step back into the ring at the Golden Rivers RSL Boxing Club’s ‘Fight Night’.

The event will be held at the Deniliquin RSL Club on June 30.

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