Tyla Routhan starred in “the fight of the night” during her boxing debut, Gore Boxing Club coach Russell Newton says.
She was up against Timaru fighter Hannah Guthrie, who was also in her first fight, and the two battled it out at the Gore Boxing Tournament at the Gore Town Country Club on Saturday.
Newton said the two boxers provided a top spectacle for the crowd.
“It was a non-stop action-packed bout between two diminutive 55kg ladies. They went toe-to-toe from the start to the finish.
“The whole crowd and even the officials’ table were on their feet at the end of the bout.”
The two were evenly matched.
“Two ladies having their first fight and they just left everything in the ring.”
Routhan won the fight in an unanimous decision from the judges.
“According to the judges, the girl from Timaru won the first round and Tyla won the last two.
“Tyla’s straighter punching and variety of combinations were the telling factor in her win.
“It was a very, very close contest.”
Newton’s four other charges Russell McKay, Neihana Wilson, Dylan Holland and Shannon Robinson lost their bouts.
McKay won the first round but walked into a right hook in the second.
“It dropped him [and] that took his legs away.”
Wilson lost to a taller opponent but “gave everything he had”.
Holland also had a taller opponent, whose “longer, straighter punching” gave him the decision.
Robinson’s opponent used the area of the ring to good effect.
“Robinson [was] unable to catch up with his elusive opponent.”
The evening was very successful, he said.
“Good boxing, good crowd.”
About 350 people attended, “pretty good, considering Covid and our lack of time to advertise it”.
Boxers Robinson, Holland and Reece Holz would compete at the South Island Golden Gloves in Nelson.