TWO of Snakebite Boxing’s youngest fighters will continue their development over the night fortnight by travelling interstate for bouts.
Fourteen-year-old Dylan Stanley will step into the ring on Saturday night at the Gold Coast, while 13-year-old Kate Fallon fights in Launceston on April 27.
Snakebite Boxing coach Jamie Fallon said both have potential, but any experience this early in their boxing careers is important.
“They are at a good age to get better and get into the sport, this is about the age you get involved in New South Wales to start boxing,” he said.
“At the end of the day, amateur boxing is all about the fights, it’s about getting the experience. Every time you fight, you are going to get better.”
Stanley had his first fight since joining Snakebite in Dubbo on April 8, only narrowly going down in a points decision. That was the first step in a busy period for him.
“I’m looking to give him two fights a month at this stage, so he can treat it like any other sport. It means he’s got to train hard, but yeah, he’s really committed,” Fallon said.
“Obviously we won’t stay on a roll of two fighs a month, we’ll have a break every now and then, but at the moment he’s got about six fights scheduled and they roll over into June.
“As a 14-year-old, the more fights he has, the nerves will go and everything will be ironed out. Once the ball is rolling, he will be firing, he will be focusing on the fight and not the crowd.”
Kate Fallon, who like Stanley attends Bathurst High, will be looking to build on her impressive debut when she heads to Tasmania.
By winning her first fight in Cairns last December, she became an Australian Amateur Boxing League national champion.
“Kate is also looking for that experience in fighting. This is another opportunity and another great chance for her to get better in the sport,” Jamie Fallon, who is also her father, said.
“At her age it is even harder, she is only 13 and because she is female, it cuts down the numbers even more.
“In Tasmania she will be fighting an older girl and a more experienced girl. Tasmanian's have got a lot of youth, they were standouts at the national titles.
“So Kate is going to be facing a bit of a challenge and her nerves will probably be really high too because she is fighting away and the other girl will be at home.
“It’s a busy time for us, we are also picking a team over the next two months to go to the Australian Novice Titles on the Central Coast.”