Boxers achieve victory on TKO

TEAMWORK: Lynden Hosking, Matt Hall, Brad Morgan and Pat Connolly. Pictures: JODIE DONNELLAN

TEAMWORK: Lynden Hosking, Matt Hall, Brad Morgan and Pat Connolly. Pictures: JODIE DONNELLAN

STRIKE: Matt Hall hits the heavy bag.

STRIKE: Matt Hall hits the heavy bag.

ONE-TWO: Brad Morgan works on his skills.

ONE-TWO: Brad Morgan works on his skills.

VICTORIOUS in just the second bouts of their boxing careers, Matt Hall and Brad Morgan are aiming for many more.

After training for almost two years at Bendigo Amateur Boxing Club, Hall and Morgan have impressed trainers Pat Connolly and Lynden Hosking with their skill and willingness to learn.

Hall and Morgan said they learnt a lot from defeat on debut as they prepared for Sunday's tournament at Werribee.

Their lead-up included tips from Olympic and Commonwealth Games boxer and Connolly protege Lynden Hosking.

The middleweight contest between Hall and Jay Garvie ended with a technical knockout by Hall in the second round.

Hall, 18, joined the California Gully-based BABC about two years ago.

"I always enjoyed watching boxing on TV, so I thought I would try and compete."

Morgan tipped the scales at 73kg for his bout with Michael Labrador.

The 20-year-old celebrated a TKO in round three.

When he first arrived at Connolly's gym, Morgan was 97kg.

"Boxing was a sport I was always interested in. I took up training for fitness," Morgan said.

"The adrenalin rush before, during and after a bout is incredible."

Connolly and Hosking have joined forces as trainers in workouts at California Gully or Hosking's Boxing in central Bendigo.

"Footwork is what I emphasise with every boxing in our squad, whether it's their first training session or hundredth," said Connolly.

It was more than three decades ago that a Lynden Hosking started training with Connolly.

Their journey has taken in Olympic and Commonwealth Games and many title bouts.

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