Mount Isa boxers prepare to take on Curry fighters

KNOCKOUT SUCCESS: Shannay Stringer, 15, had her first fight in Townsville last month.
KNOCKOUT SUCCESS: Shannay Stringer, 15, had her first fight in Townsville last month.

A group of feisty fighters from Mount Isa are training to take on Cloncurry boxers in the ring next month. 

Cloncurry PCYC’s Fight Night returns September 8. 

Mount Isa’s James Derrick has been volunteering his time to prepare and mentor his boxers ahead of the fight. 

“We have already put our nominations in for the Cloncurry fight night next month,” Mr Derrick said. 

“I will try to match my fighters up evenly and safety, we will be taking some new fighters down as well.

“They have been working on their technique and fitness to get ready.” 

Doors to the Cloncurry Fight Night open at 5pm September 8 at the PCYC. 

Mount Isa’s James Derrick has been volunteering his time to prepare and mentor his boxers ahead of the fight.

Mount Isa’s James Derrick has been volunteering his time to prepare and mentor his boxers ahead of the fight.

Schoolgirl Shannay Stringer, 15 had her first fight in Townsville last month.

“I was so nervous I felt like throwing up. There were so many people watching but when you are up there you don’t really think about it as much,” Ms Stringer said. 

“It was a lot different being in the ring with someone, but here in Mount Isa, I spar with a lot of good people so it gets me ready and it is not as much of a shock.”

Mr Derrick said the three fighters he took to Townsville fared well against other clubs. 

“Our fighters were up there with all the city boxers,” Mr Derrick said. 

Bailey Derrick and Ebonee Hearne.

Bailey Derrick and Ebonee Hearne.

Meanwhile, Bailey Derrick, 17, has been chosen to fight in the famous Fred Brophy Tent at the Mount Isa Rodeo this weekend. 

“It is my first time fighting for them. It felt pretty good to be invited. I am not really nervous but just keen,” Mr Derrick said. 

“It is a big deal to be invited to fight in the Fred Brophy Tent,” coach James Derrick said.