Hard work paves way for fighters

Two Traralgon boxers are riding high after proving their mettle in their first fights recently.

Traralgon Boxing Club fighters Blake Woodman and Lovepreet Singh Ghotra had their first bouts at Melbourne’s Fight Factory on Friday, 19 August.

Woodman said he felt confident going into the competitive middle-weight bout, which consisted of three two-minute rounds.

“I knew I’d put in the hard work,” the 17 year-old said.

“In the third round he got really tired… and he really started slowing down, so I got a few punches in.”

He said he “felt really excited” after claiming a split decision victory.

Woodman, who only took up boxing a year ago, said he would continue to train and work hard before making a decision about future bouts.

Earlier in the evening Singh Ghotra took part in an exhibition fight.

It was unscored, but Singh Ghotra was awarded a trophy for his efforts.

He said he was now considering his next move.

“I think I’ll go for the next fight, I don’t know when,” the Indian national said.

The pair are trained by Craig Morris and Jarrod Zuelhke.

Morris was full of praise for his fighters.

“A few months ago I asked the pair of them about the same time if they were interested in competing,” he said.

“I’m happy with the end result – there was no need to think about a plan B.”