TWO brothers, a bucket load of talent, twin Australian titles, and one very proud coach.
Bathurst siblings Jack and Dylan Branda became the latest members of Bathurst’s Snakebite Boxing to be crowned Australian Amateur Boxing League champions following their impressive showing in the ring.
The brothers, who won their title fights in dominant fashion, provided the highlights for the contingent of five Snakebite Boxing talents who made the trip to Tasmania for the annual titles along with coach Jamie Fallon and Anna Evans.
Even before they pulled on their gloves Fallon was proud of his team, who were representing both Snakebite and their state.
“We had 10 juniors nominated for the titles and five qualified for the New South Wales team due to their experience,” Fallon said.
“The New South Wales team had 36 fighters including adults, and we had the most representatives in the team from the one club, so that was an awesome accolade.”
Jack Branda won his 51 kilograms sub-junior title in a straight final of three, one-minute rounds against Tasmania’s Shane Kean.
Older brother Dylan fought in the schoolboys 60kg division and won each of his three 90-seconds rounds against local hope Heath Kean.
“Jack won convincingly. Little Jack has always been a standout boxer, he’s always been super good,” Fallon said.
“Dylan, he did exactly what Anna and I told him. I was always confident with him.
“I really believed that he had a chance and he’s improved so much this year in training. He couldn’t let this opportunity pass.
“He drew a kid in the final who he’d fought before and he’d lost to. So it was a re-match for him and he won, he won convincingly, he won every round.”
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Another of the Snakebite boxers, Clayton Chatfield, came away with a silver in the 54kg schoolboys division after a tough decider against Tasmanian Connor Flakemore.
“Clayton only just lost, it was a hard fight for him. It was probably the hardest opponent we were matched up against at the titles and it went to a split decision,” Fallon said. “It was his first time at the titles, so it was a big thing for him.”
While 14-year-old Kate Fallon did not get to step into the ring – her opponent in the 60kg division withdrawing due to injury - she was still crowned an Australian champion for the third consecutive year.
Dayne Fallon, who his coach describes as a “one of a kind, massive 11-year-old”, did not have any opponents to contest his category. It meant he won via walk over.