After months of dedication and hard work, Port Augusta Boxing Club's debut boxers put on an unforgettable performance in their bouts over the weekend.
Saturday, Feburary 23 marked the 2019 South Australian Amateur Boxing season opener at the Marion Leisure and Fitness Centre.
Local boxers Liam Booth and Steven Hutchins prepared to compete against formidable opponents in the heavyweight and welterwight divisions respectively.
Waiting for their fights both Hutchins and Booth were smiling and cheerful like they had already won.
They had worked so hard for it and just couldn’t wait for the moment to step through the ropes and put themselves to the test.
Fifth on the ticket, Steven Hutchins put the pressure on his opponent from the start. Taking it to Jackson Ladd from Ladd Boxing Club early in the piece.
Hutchins established dominance early in the fight, chasing his opponent and throwing great combinations.
He fought with intense pressure showing his incredible fitness level and kept it up for all three of the two-minute rounds.
Hutchins sheer determination, skill and fitness paid off winning his first bout by unanimous decision.
Hutchins said: “It was an awesome feeling just getting to see all the hard work pay off."
With the crowd riled up ready for another great bout Liam Booth was up 11th of the night competing against Andrew Baker from River City Boxing Club.
Booth was determined and aggressive right from the first ring of the bell, putting his boxing skills on display with precision and power.
Booths long reach and speed contributed to his fierce display of boxing.
With his opponent backed against the ropes, Booth unleashed - forcing the referee to call a stoppage to the bout just over one minute into the second round. Liam claimed his victory by TKO.
“It was the best feeling getting your hand raised because you work so hard for it," Booth said.
"I could definitely hear all the people from Port Augusta in the crowd and it gave me a lot more energy to bring it home.”
Both Hutchins and Booth said they are so thankful for the support from the local community and can’t wait to get back into the ring.
The Port Augusta Boxing Club returned to the Old Town Hall late last year and have spent months renovating the space.
Separated into two areas, the space boasts plenty of boxing bags and gym equipment.
The Club is always looking for new members – whether they want to become a champion boxer or just want to reach their personal fitness goals, everyone is welcome.