EAGLEHAWK’S Danny Taggert is yet to throw a punch, but has advanced to the Victorian Amateur Boxing Association state championship finals.
A contender for the senior elite 60kg division, Taggert received a first-round bye in Sunday’s start to the titles at Brunswick’s Reggio Calabria Club.
The Frank Pianto-trained boxer will now prepare to face Mornington’s Steve Dugec on December 16 at the same venue.
Taggert’s build-up to the state titles campaign is being helped along by Olympic and Commonwealth Games boxer Lynden Hosking and Pianto at SupaBox in Garsed Street, Bendigo.
Meanwhile, the Bendigo Amateur Boxing Club had a win and loss in Sunday’s contests.
It took just 40 seconds for Boedan Nelson to win his opening bout in the youth (under-19) 57kg class.
Nelson, 17, marked a memorable debut to his boxing career.
“A two-handed attack by Boedan from the early seconds really put his opponent under a lot of pressure,” said long-time trainer Pat Connolly.
“Boedan connected with six or seven sharp punches and the ref stopped the fight.”
Doug Lee’s campaign in the youth 75kg class ended after a 17-11 defeat.
Three more boxers from Connolly’s squad will continue their build-up to November 25 bouts in tonight’s sparring session with the Danniel Burton-trained Hit Factory squad at the Bendigo ABC gym in California Gully.
Aaron Walshe, youth 69kg, Blake Broughton, senior 81kg, and Jason Connally, senior 69kg, have put in many hours preparing for the state titles.
Hit Factory will be represented by five boxers in the VABA championships.
Quarter-finals in the championships are on November 25, semi-finals on December 1, and finals on December 16.
All bouts will be at the Reggio Calabria Club.