Jake Collins-Doherty wins gold as Zack Fitzpatrick makes final for third Aussie title

Highly talented youngster Jake Collins-Doherty, pictured with his trainer Neville Short, has won gold at the Australian Amateur Boxing League titles in Hobart  Picture Marina Neil.
Highly talented youngster Jake Collins-Doherty, pictured with his trainer Neville Short, has won gold at the Australian Amateur Boxing League titles in Hobart Picture Marina Neil.

The Hunter has claimed one gold and is in the hunt for two more at the Australian Amateur Boxing League titles in Hobart.

Newcastle’s Jake Collins-Doherty, 17, claimed the Intermediate 67kg title on Friday night defeating Queensland Mitchell Allen.

Cessnock boxer Zack Fitzpatrick has made tonight’s final of the Schoolboys 44kg division as he chases his third Australian title.

Big-hitting Toronto boxer Tristian Maskell is also in action tonight fighting Tasmanian Casey Locket for the Senior 86kg title 

Collins-Doherty, who fights out of Neville Shaw’s Mindaribba gym, claimed his first Australian title to add to his two Northern NSW title and 71kg NSW title.

The Hunter’s youngest representative 11-year-old Will Butler won sliver.

Fitzpatrick, 14, progressed from Friday night’s semi-final with an unanimous points decision against Tasmania opponent Calem Smedley .

Zacky had a solid win with an unanimous decision. It’s time to rest and do it all again tomorrow,” Fitzpatrick’s trainer Ben Crampton said from Hobart last night.

Fitzpatrick is chasing his third Australian title in a row and will meet Queensland fighter Taniko Takierei in the final. It’s the third time the two young fights meet the Fitzpatrick winning their two previous encounters.

Crampton said Fitzpatrick had threatened to claim victory with a TKO on Friday night after bloodying Smedley’s nose with a series of left jabs.

“The other young bloke was aggressive and went out quick and I told Zack to hold off and pick him off with his left jab. He did it to perfection,” he said.

“Zack’s opponent in the final, Taniko is a very talented young boxer and will be a real challenge. They’ve met twice and Zack has won both times, but he has been pushed each time.”

Crampton was in the corner for Maskell, who trains out of World Boxing Foundation super lightweight Blake Minto’s gym, and impressed the Cessnock-based trainer.

“I hadn’t seem much of him before, but I was impressed. He punches very hard.”

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