Gympie super heavyweight amateur boxer Jamie Birrell is celebrating a double victory in Kingaroy last Sunday night. Birrell’s record this year has seen him jump to second in the Global Boxing rankings.
Gympie super heavyweight amateur boxer Jamie Birrell is celebrating a double victory in Kingaroy last Sunday night. Birrell’s record this year has seen him jump to second in the Global Boxing rankings. Renee Pilcher

Birrell delivers

GYMPIE super heavyweight amateur boxer Jamie Birrell has taken his Global Boxing ranking from six to two in the last 12 months thanks to unstoppable form.

Birrell, 20, affirmed his ranking in Kingaroy at the weekend after blitzing two fights.

It’s an unusual undertaking for a boxer to enter the ring twice in one night but Birrell didn’t shy away from the challenge at the Kingaroy RSL.

It was an attitude that impressed trainer Neil Harmon.

“There was a shortage of boxers so to fill the program there was an offer to do two fights,” Harmon said.

“Jamie’s fitness is really good and he had no problems going the distance.”

Birrell, weighing in at 110 kilograms, claimed his first victory of the night courtesy of a unanimous points decision over Kingaroy local Danny Semp.

Semp, 32, was much older and experienced than Birrell but the Gympie amateur didn’t let statistics get in the way of a win.

“I was a bit shaky at the start but I came good after that and it was pretty straightforward,” Birrell said.

Slow starts have been a thorn in Birrell’s side but the talented amateur feels he is making improvements.

“I’m getting better the more I step into the ring,” he said.

After the first round against Semp, Birrell used his trademark combinations and sheer power to overwhelm his opponent.

“He just dominated and it was great to watch,” Harmon said.

“Jamie was throwing some great combinations and using a lot of what we have been working on in training.”

After a break to catch his breath, Birrell climbed back into the ring for a rematch against Murgon boxer Steven Simpson.

Deciding to stick his hand up for a second bout was a wise decision, giving Birrell yet another win to add to his record.

Last time both boxers crossed paths, Birrell clinched the win and Simpson was eager to reverse the result.

However, it wasn’t to be as the Gympie boxer smothered his opponent with force and superior tactics.

Harmon said Simpson held the weight advantage at 120 kilograms but Birrell did well to compensate.

“Steven looks as though he lives in McDonald’s but he does train and despite the extra padding he is fit,” he said.

Looking ahead, Birrell has his sights set on a rematch against Brett Peters, who is the current Queensland Heavyweight Title holder.

With more success fuelling Birrell’s fire, Peters is on notice.

Gympie Times


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