On Saturday night, November 11, three Victor Harbor boxers competed in the last Boxing SA tournament of the year.
It is indeed a family affair at the Victor Harbor Boxing Club.
James Brunker is the father of two young gun boxers Ruby and Luke and was excited having watched his two children box for a while now and on Saturday night he had the chance to show off his own skills in front of them.
His daughter Ruby is off to India to compete in the World Youth Championships this month.
In the Masters division James entered the ring for his first match, giving away experience, height and weight.
James was able to push forward for the duration of the match keeping his opponent under pressure the whole time.
Despite a classy performance the judges gave his opponent the split points decision.
First up for his first match was Scott Slattery in the welterweight division.
Scott executed the game plan excellently, using lateral movement to avoid a big hitting opponent.
As the match went on Scott, was able to begin to pressure his opponent himself and scored some nice clean punches to finish the stronger of the two.
Unfortunately, despite the strong finish, his opponent had done enough early to give him a close points decision.
Scott is eager to step in the ring again early next year.
Finally Fred Zziwa, stepping up a weight division to be eligible for one of three Boxing SA challenge belts, awarded to up and coming boxers.
Fred's opponent landed some big rights early in the match and to Fred's credit he was able to adjust quickly using footwork to stay mostly out of range of these thereafter. Fred took the punishment and pushed on.
Fred was able to grow in confidence as the match progressed finishing with some nice combinations towards the end.
The new 64kg challenge belt was awarded to Fred in a close split points decision.
He will now be challenged by another up and coming boxer to retain the belt in February next year.
This was a great end to the year for Victor Harbor Boxing club with over 10 regular competitors in action throughout the year.
Six of these at a state title level, two at a national title level and one at an international level, plus many others training for fitness, skill development and fun.
The Victor Harbor Boxing Club provides an opportunity to get fit, strong, improve confidence, learn self defence, and even compete.
The club caters for all ages and abilities and is located at 65 Hill Street, Port Elliot..
It is open for action and training for adults on Monday, Thursday and Friday at 6pm and children on Monday at 5pm.
For more information contact 0422 550 848.