Wodonga amateur boxer George Webb-Rose captured his third belt of the year, winning the NSW middleweight state title in Sydney last Friday night.
However, it was far from straightforward.
Webb-Rose had his opponent change three times in the space of four days in the lead-up to the fight.
A last minute call to Grafton product Jesse Boogaard ensured the fight would go ahead.
Webb-Rose was pushed all the way but improved his record to 11-1 with a unanimous decision.
Trainer Corey Pyle was delighted with the effort.
“His opponent was undefeated at 7-0 and we didn’t know anything about him,” Pyle said.
“It was a really tough fight but George settled in towards the latter rounds and ended up winning by unanimous decision.
“He (Boogaard) was from Grafton, so he travelled eight hours to Sydney and we travelled six hours to Sydney.
“When his opponent weighed in the first time, he was overweight and had to cut weight to make it to the fight.
“It was really worrying (with the other fighters pulling out), but it all worked out in the end.”
Webb-Rose was also named Fighter of the Tournament.
He’ll now travel to Nyngan on November 3 to fight Queensland title holder Christian Desousa for the Australian middleweight crown.
It will be touted as a state of origin showdown with both coming off recent state victories.
“It should be a classy fight because he (Desousa) is a lot more experienced than George and he’s a little bit older, so it will be a good test,” Pyle added.
“But he’s improving every session he comes in.
“It’s the third title he’s won this year.”
Another of Pyle’s fighters who continues to impress is Pani Ruparere.
Ruparere won her second fight at the same event as Webb-Rose in convincing fashion.
Her next challenge will be a Victorian title bout held in Melbourne in three week’s time.
“We’re eyeing off these Victorian titles and George’s Australian title at the same time,” Pyle said.
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