Star local and Victorian boxer Jack Moore beat New Zealand’s best youth 60-64kg boxer Tyreke Nicholls in Auckland, New Zealand on Saturday, June 24.
The 16-year-old Murray River Boxing Gym Mulwala boxer returned with the Trans Tasman Trophy for his weight division following the 17-bout program between Australia and the host nation.
At Auckland’s Pakuranga United Rugby Club, Jack fought three, three minute rounds with the highly rated and older Tyreke Nicholls. It was a unanimous points decision by the three judges.
His elated local coach Matt Kennedy said it was “a very technical fight”. “The other guy was a lot taller. Jack’s combination involving in and under body work was the key to achieving his victory,” the coach, popularly known as ‘Camel’, told the Yarrawonga Chronicle.
“The last round was toe-to-toe, the old fashioned fight.” Camel watched the live telecast from home while former Australian light weight champion Robert Twomey from Dubbo accompanied Jack to New Zealand.
The Yarrawonga resident winner was so happy with the result and thinks the world of Camel. “I was stoked - overwhelmed,” he said of the victory.
“Camel’s a great coach - fantastic. I’ve learnt so much from him. Everything I know is because of him.”
And what about picturesque New Zealand Jack? “It was great. The views were awesome. Fantastic,” he said.
On April 3, Jack competed at the Australian Titles in Adelaide, which featured 300 boxers. The talented youngster won his first round match against Queensland’s state champion.
“It was a really, really good fight,” Camel said of the three, three minute fight. “It was a unanimous decision.
“Jack lost his second round fight, against South Australia’s champion. He just lost on points.
“But what’s got to be understood is that every fight Jack’s having is against top-of-the-age-18 for his weight and he’s still got two years to go. Finishing fourth in Australia, and being in the best two Victorian boxers for his weight bracket at his age is great.”
Jack’s next assignment will be at Craigieburn in August in a normal match fight. His impressive record reads 22 fights for 14 wins and just four losses, the remainder being draws.
The Murray River Boxing Gym will be well represented at the hugely popular Murray River Rumble at ClubMulwala on October 21 which will involve boxers from all around the region, both NSW and Victoria.
The event promises to again attract several hundred boxing fans. The program will include a lot of local boxers from the Mulwala-based Murray River Boxing Gym.