Quality field drawn to Gold Coast for Oceania Boxing Championships
26 June 2017
BOXING: Australia’s best male boxers will today begin their campaign to qualify for this year’s World Championships, when they take on the best athletes from the region in the Oceania Boxing titles on the Gold Coast.
Ten Australian boxers, including 2014 Commonwealth Games silver medallist, Joseph Goodall, and 2016 Rio Olympian, Jason Whateley, will take on boxers from New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Samoa, French Polynesia, Tonga, Nauru and Fiji.
Three other Rio Olympians will also compete in the Championships, which are being held at the Paradise Point Bowls Club from today until the 29th.
Vanuatu’s 2016 Olympian, Boe Lionel Warawara, competing in the 56kg, Papua New Guinea’s Thadius Katua, in the 60kg, and Fiji’s Winston Mark Hill in the 69kg all competed in Brazil last year.
One of the biggest names to compete this week is New Zealand’s 2014 Commonwealth Games gold medallist, David Nyika, who will take on Australia’s Whateley in the 91kg in what is sure to be one of the most eagerly anticipated divisions of the competition.
Australia will also have 2011 junior world champion, Clay Waterman, competing in the 46kg.
Running alongside this week’s Oceania Championships will be a new competition introduced to Australian boxing, the Super Quattro round-robin tournament.
The event will see four boxers in each weight division compete against each other, with the top two from each going through to the final.
This week’s event has attracted a strong women’s line-up, including World Championship silver medallist and 2014 Commonwealth Games athlete, Kaye Scott, World Championship bronze medallist, Skye Nicolson, and Youth Olympic Games bronze medallist, Caitlin Parker.