ALTHOUGH he’s in the lightweight class, Boedan Nelson showed he can throw heavy punches – and in quick succession – during his boxing debut.
After many hours of training, Nelson’s first bout at the Victorian Amateur Boxing Association championships was over in just 40 seconds.
A flurry of left and right jabs and hooks quickly had his opponent in trouble.
“The plan was to attack from the bell, but I was surprised it was over so quickly,” Nelson said of the first-round match held on Remembrance Day at Brunswick’s Reggio Calabria Club.
The 17-year-old started training with Pat and Gary Connolly at the California Gully-based Bendigo Amateur Boxing Club just over a year ago.
“Boxing was something I always wanted to do,” Nelson said of following family members into the sport.
The teenager is just as determined to make his own mark as a boxer.
“Pat and Gary have helped me a lot,” he said.
The young boxer has kept working hard on technique, as well as building strength and condition during his nightly workouts at the gym in his bid to qualify for the December 16 finals.
Nelson’s next state title bout will be on November 25 or December 8 at Brunswick.