Newly-crowned national amateur middleweight champion George Webb-Rose is continuing his climb to the professional ranks.
The Wodonga fighter will make his way to the National Titles Tournament in Tasmania on November 30 for a chance to become Australia’s leading junior in his weight division.
“The best from every state is going to be there and they fight to be crowned the best in Australia,” his trainer Corey Pyle said.
“George could potentially have three or fights there, or it could be only one depending on who shows up.
“He’s been fighting seniors all year and people over 18, but this tournament in Tasmania, the fighters have to be his age and his weight division.
“He’s going to be evenly matched in that sense, so we’re quietly confident.
“To come back down and fight people his own age will help him.
“He hasn’t fought a junior this year, it’s all been seniors because we haven’t been able to find anyone in his own age group.”
The 17-year-old continued his impressive run with victory by unanimous decision in the national title fight against Queensland state title holder Christian Desousa at Nyngan last Saturday.
After a tight opening round, Webb-Rose showed his class to overcome his more experienced opponent, who had won 16 of his 19 fights until that point.
Incredibly, it was Webb-Rose’s fourth title this year, following on from his NSW, Sydney metro and Victorian regional wins earlier in the campaign.
Pyle was thrilled with the result which extended his fighter’s streak to nine consecutive victories.
“He definitely made him work for it, it was a close fight, but George just wanted it more,” Pyle said.
“I think George just nudged him over towards the end of every round.
“The first round was the closest round and after that George stepped it up another level and took the control he needed to take.”
Pyle admitted the end game for Webb-Rose is turn professional, but he’ll wait until the time is right.
“If he has to step up and fight seniors, he’s got to do it,” Pyle said.
“We want to get him as many fights as we can in the amateurs and once he’s ready, we’ll take him to the pros.
“We want him to have a good crack in the pros, so we’re not going to do it until we’re confident.”
Fellow Boss Boxing fighter Sarah Fletcher is also off to Tasmania after putting together a strong year.
- Receive our daily newsletter straight to your inbox each morning from The Border Mail. Sign up here