Next generation talent competing at Bathurst for Novice Titles

FRESH off their successful fight night towards the end of last year Snakebite Boxing, in conjunction with Still Standing Fight Promotions, will bring the Australian Amateur Boxing League’s National Novice Titles to Bathurst this June.

BIG NIGHT: Jamie Fallon's (centre) King And Queen Fight Night was a success, now he hopes the National Novice Titles will be just as successful.

BIG NIGHT: Jamie Fallon's (centre) King And Queen Fight Night was a success, now he hopes the National Novice Titles will be just as successful.

November’s King And Queen Fight Night at Panthers Bathurst gave the city a glimpse at the state’s top fighters and this winter, at the same venue, there’s more top quality boxing taking place.

Snakebite had been in talks with the AABL about bringing the Novice Titles to Bathurst ever since the November fight night and now they’ve got they dreamed of.

While it’s still early days in registration it’s hoped competition will take place in over 30 divisions with over 70 fighters making their way into the ring.

The competition is focused on the sport’s newcomers, with the competition open only to boxers who have had five fights or less.

Organiser Jamie Fallon said it’s a thrilling and daunting job organising what will be one of Bathurst’s biggest boxing events.

“Snakebite Boxing has been doing very well and so has boxing in Bathurst in general,” he said.

“The show we had last year in Bathurst was a success … and the Australian Amateur Boxing League acknowledged that, and that’s what’s allowed us to run the novice titles.

“Hosting this has got me feeling excited but also at the same it’s got me nervous. We’ve hosted fight nights which are very locally-driven, but this will be different and we’re looking to get a lot of supporters from around the area … because these are some of the best young boxers in Australia.”

Fallon said there’s been plenty of interest in the titles both at a local and national level.

“I’ve already got 20 fighters booked in and expecting a lot more,” he said.

“There’s a lot of enthusiastic fighters coming from across Australia who want to be the national champion.

“Bathurst will have a couple of juniors as well. Tyson Keogh is one. He’s making his debut this weekend against someone more experienced but it will help him get warmed up for this.

“Nathan Belbin is also coming. He’s probably going to be the best shot from our gym.

“We’ve got guys from Dubbo, Cowra and Orange already coming.”

Snakebite had success at last year’s Novice Titles at Gosford when both Adam Moffat and Dylan Stanley won their bouts.

This year’s titles take place June 1 and 2.

Tickets are now available at Panthers Bathurst.

Tickets are $30 for one night or $40 for a two night pass. Kids are $20.