Promising effort by Oamaru crew

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Another tournament, another solid outing for the Oamaru Boxing Club.

Five of the club’s boxers travelled north for the Timaru Boxing Association’s annual tournament at the Celtic Sports Hall on Saturday, coming away with two wins.

Carn Parata, fighting in the elite male light-heavyweight division, notched up the club’s first win of the night against Amandeep Singh of Round 12 Boxing.

Fighting over three three-minute rounds, Parata used his superior ring craft to create enough openings to land some heavy blows against an elusive Singh.

Parata did enough to earn the win via decision, in a bout Oamaru Boxing Club coach Joe Cropley said showed Parata’s growing aptitude in the finer science of the sport.

The club’s other win came from Joseph Black, who took on Sam Allison of Rangiora Boxing in the under-60kg youth division.

In another tight affair, where both boxers put standing eight counts on each other, Black was awarded the bout via unanimous decision.

Cropley praised Black’s “class” effort against the more experienced Allison.

“I was super impressed by Jason’s skills, the way he listened to advice and his determination to win. Sam is a very good fighter with a big right-hand punch and, to be honest, I wasn’t sure it would go our way.”

Keegan Tipene, in his debut fight, lost via decision to elite male welterweight division opponent James Cookson, who represented the Woolston Boxing Club.

Tipene dominated the first round but was unable to match that effort in the remaining two rounds, as Cookson kept Tipene at bay with his superior reach.

Also making his debut was JP Heunis, who fought Rangiora Boxing’s Ryan Edwards.

While Hunis was able to force his opponent to answer a standing eight count, he was unable to finish Edwards off and had to settle for a loss via decision.

In the final bout of the night, debutant Sam Wicks challenged Daniel Cunningham (Ashburton Boxing) in the elite middleweight division.

Each fighter was forced to respond to a standing eight count in front of an electric crowd with Cunningham eventually awarded the fight via decision.

Cropley praised Wicks’s “grit, heart, determination, skills and mongrel” of his fighter, in a bout he described as “an epic battle that will be remembered for a long time”.