Beaudesert Boxing Club annual tournament draws record crowd

BEAUDESERT boxers put on a massive show for supporters at their annual home tournament last night.

The venue at Beaudesert Showgrounds was packed to capacity with some even braving the chill to catch the action from outside. Trainer Justin O’Leary said he was delighted with the turnout.

“I’m really happy that so many people took the time to come and cheer for our kids,” he said.

“And I am also grateful to the business community who have supported our club so we could hold this event.”

The first fighter to enter the ring for Beaudesert was 10-year-old Brayden Piper who won his bout against Azziah Miller from Brisbane.

Brayden had plenty of support from his former Australian champion father Les, who also starred in the reality TV show, The Contender. His little sisters were also on hand to lend support, as was big brother Vegas who had just returned from Townsville and his 41st fight.

Cheered on by the home crowd, Matari Rayward and Jhye Hogan also went three 90-second rounds with their opponents Kynan O’Brien and Jacob Drury to emerge victorious and unscathed. 

Jonas O’Reilly and Zac Sarah both performed admirably in the ring but lost their fights against Ryan Cattarin from Aftershock and Jye Dixon fighting for the All-Stars.

The licensed event also provided food and hot drinks for people who began to feel the chill in the air after the sun went down.

During the tournament break spectators were treated to a short but entertaining bout between 9-year-olds Ryder Tyson and Shannon O’Leary.

The second half of the tournament kicked off with an exhibition bout between Beaudesert teammates Toni Paulson and Tammy Hannan followed by a fight between 55kg Tahlea Toohey and Unique Wharerau.

Tahlea took the trophy after going three 90-second rounds with Unique.

Kodi Phillips added to the Beaudesert trophy haul by dominating Boonah’s Jack Edbrooke in the ring for three two-minute rounds.

The cheers were deafening when Kalob Gray faced off against NSW 60kg champion Logan Slis and resulted in Kalob taking the win to maintain his undefeated status.

The much-awaited fight between our own Dylan Biggs and 23-year-old Billy Holland from Toowoomba did not go ahead due to Holland pulling out at the last minute.

Mr O’Leary said he was disappointed but Dylan still managed to demonstrate his boxing chops in an exhibition fight with Nerang fighter Declan Coring.

“Dylan is determined to fight Billy Holland in the future, so hopefully that will happen,” he said.

“The sparring with Declan was great to watch – harder than some of the fights and the crowd loved it.”