The newly established Bidgee Boxing gym had its first taste of a challenge a few weeks ago when coaches Neville Bamblett and Troy Prior took their first two fighters down to Mulwala.
Chase Teerman and Oscar Warren-Porteous had the opportunity on October 14 to have their first proper fights.
The boys have been putting in the effort and hard work for the past six months with road runs, sparring sessions and technique work.
They travelled down to Mulwala not only with the support of their coaches, but also with sponsor Chris Beeche, former local boxer Roger Greedy, and Roger’s two grandsons Bryce Hickson and Ryan Morgan.
It wasn’t to be for Oscar Warren-Porteous, with his opponent pulling out after the weigh in. It was a hard decision for him to take, considering the hard work that Warren-Porteous had put in over the last few months, but that’s boxing.
“I will keep training and my time will come,” Warren-Porteous said.
It was all to go ahead for Teerman. As Teerman’s fight was the first of the night you could see the nerves were building up. As both the coaches had been in the same position before they tried to keep him calm – although a first fight is always difficult.
Teerman fought a really good fight. While he didn’t come away with the decision on the night, Teerman was happy after the fight and pleased with how he went.
“Troy and I couldn’t be any prouder of this kid. He has come a long way,” Mr Bamblett said.
Bidgee Boxing’s next fight is in Shepparton on November 18. The coaches are already looking forward to the event, with both their fighters matched already.