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Jack Stead (red), from Kingaroy, was too strong for Steve Simpson (blue), from Murgon, in the super heavyweight main bout (Photo: Denise Keelan)

Steve Simpson gets some advice in his corner from South Burnett boxing legend, former lightweight champion Arthur (Bullet) Bradley (Photo: Denise Keelan)

September 22, 2013

The South Burnett’s “boxers of the future” were on display at the Kingaroy RSL Club on Sunday afternoon, and local trainer Len Hams was happy with what he saw.

The Kingaroy Boxing Club put on 13 bouts between local boxers and fighters from as far away as Gladstone, Bundaberg, Goondiwindi and Brisbane.

There were also several women’s exhibition bouts on the card, as well as junior fighters having their first experience in the ring.

Len said the biggest fight of the night was the super heavyweight match-up between two local fighters, Jack Stead, from Kingaroy, and Steve Simpson, from Murgon.

Stead, who is just 17, came out on top after the three 1.5 minute rounds.

Len was also impressed with young Joe Smith (30kg) who fought an exhibition match against a 36kg fighter.

“He went really well, he’s a star of the future,” Len said.

He was also happy with the performance of young Joel Lacey, who was having his first fight, who fought well despite being sick all week.

Len was also pleased to see the Woodall name back in the ring with young Jacob Woodall.

“It brings back memories of the Woodall family; they produced a Queensland champion a few years ago,” Len said.

The exhibition bout featuring Kingaroy women’s boxer Gemma Vogel was “one of the best fights of the night”, Len said, with Gemma unleashing a flurry against her opponent.

Tammy Moss-Graham, from Kingaroy, was also having her first fight and “looked very impressive”.

[Photos: Denise Keelan Photography]

[UPDATED September 23 with correction]

Joel Lacey (red), from Kingaroy, had his first fight in an exhibition bout against Mitchell Dighp (blue) (Photo: Denise Keelan)

Kingaroy boxer Joe Smith (red) is a "star of the future" (Photo: Denise Keelan)

"One of the best fights of the night" Gemma Vogel (red) v Kayla Hadigg (Photo: Denise Keelan)

Tammy Moss-Graham (red), from Kingaroy, was also making her debut; she fought Mia Williams, from Gladstone (blue) (Photo: Denise Keelan)

With a famous boxing name attached, Jacob Woodall (red), from Kingaroy, took on John Park from Goondiwindi (Photo: Denise Keelan)


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