Heavy hits, fast feet and flying fists.
These were the hallmarks of a good boxing match that 600 punters came to see at Saturday night’s Golden Gloves tournament at Veolia Arena.
With 16 years since Goulburn had hosted an amateur boxing match, the organisers took a gamble and gauged from the community that the time was right for a return to the Southern Tablelands.
With children, whole families, grandparents and more in attendance, event coordinator Larry Daniela said the atmosphere was electric.
Mr Daniela said there were some quality bouts on the night.
With two trophies as part of the John Edlund Memorial Awards up for grabs, the winner of the best bout in the afternoon session was Munrow Matet of the Blacktown PCYC.
Matet beat Dylan Hadley from the ACT.
Winner of the best bout in the evening session was given to 14-year-old Dakotah Keane from Warnambool in Victoria for his fight against Tyisha Palu.
Due to go up against local fighter Braydan Fenwick for the Golden Gloves Championship, Victorian elite fighter Leigh Taylor had to pull out due to illness.
Fortunately for punters and Fenwick himself, he was rematched with 18-year-old Kadeem Frazier from the Blacktown PCYC.
Mr Daniela said the two boys went to battle in front of a large crowd of supporters and family.
“There were cheers of encouragement as the crowd went wild,” he said.
“Blow for blow these two very skilled fighters tested each others skills, both trying to dominate the ring with a display of very competitive boxing.”
Mr Daniela said while it was a close bout, Fenwick came in second best to Frazier on points.
“After the tree gruelling rounds, being the great sportsman he is, [Fenwick] accepted defeat and congratulated his opponent on his win,” he said.
With 16 years having passed since Goulburn hosted an amateur boxing tournament, Mr Daniela said they were unsure how many would attend.
“After the fantastic attendance the Golden Gloves tournament will definitely be held as an annual event and as promised amateur boxing is back in Goulburn” he said.
Mr Daniela said fighters, coaches and trainers were all impressed at Veolia Arena and expressed interest at coming back to Goulburn to compete again.