BATHURST’S Snake Bite Boxing has two new national champions amongst its ranks with both Dylan Stanley and Adam Moffatt winning Australian Amateur Boxing League Australian Novice titles.
The titles, for those who have contested less than 10 fights, were staged at Woy Woy last weekend with fighters from the host state, Victoria and Tasmania attending.
Under the guidance of trainer Jamie Fallon, four Snake Bite boxers attended and of the three who managed to get fights, all found success.
Nathan (Belbin) Moffatt made a good start to his bid for an Australian title in the light weight division, but a broken hand ruled him out of the final.
“He was the favourite for the event. He won his first fight by stoppage, but after the fight we [found out] he broke his hand,” Fallon said.
“That meant we had to pull him out of the rest of the tournament, which was unfortunate. I think Nathan would’ve won the final. He’s still undefeated, he’s 3-0.”
It was better weekend for 15-year-old Stanley as he found glory in the bantam weight division, beating Max Federi in the title fight.
But that’s not where his campaign ended.
“After he won in his own division, they asked Dylan to step up to the feather weight division and fight again the next day, just to give the other guy a fight,” Fallon said.
“He didn’t have to do that, he’d already won. But Dylan and I talked about it and decided to take the opportunity and give it a go. The other guys was really experienced, but Dylan just lost in a split decision.
“He was awarded a step up medal for that, he came second in another division. I though that was a really big effort from a 15-year-old, to put his mind to doing that. Dylan has come a long way.”
Adam Moffatt added to that impressive effort on the final day of the titles as he won the heavyweight Australian title.
“He fought really good, it was his first fight as well and he won on a unanimous decision,” Fallon said.
“It was a really hard fight for him as well.”
Abby Burden also made the trip, but was unable to find an opponent willing to step into the ring with her.
“She weighed in and did all the preparation with the team before the fight for 10 weeks, but she was unable to get a match,” Fallon said.
“It was sad she didn’t get a match, she had cut weight and everything. She was a strong contender too.
“Overall it was an awesome result, a crazy result, we are bringing titles back to Bathurst.”
Snake Bite now currently holds four Australian titles, with Anna Evans and Kate Fallon having won national belts last year, which they will defend this November.