Green hits ring to win first fight
GYMPIE Karma Boxing amateur Daniel Green, like his idol Danny Green, thrives on the thrill of victory.
And Green, 13, got a taste of success in competitive boxing after stepping into the ring for the first time last weekend in Noosa.
Facing off against a home town rival, Green shelved a bout of early nerves to execute a confident fight, pleasing trainer Neil Harmon.
“It’s an impressive start for Daniel,” Harmon said.
“There’s a lot of potential here and getting that first fight under his belt is always a big step towards improving.”
Helping Green clinch the win was his superb fitness and overall athleticism.
Having been involved in cross country, athletics and soccer, the Gympie teen decided to change direction and take up boxing.
His sporting background is now beginning to pay dividends.
“I think my fitness was a big part of my win,” Green said.
“The first round was pretty rough but I managed to get on top after that.”
Green came out in the opening round brimming with nervous energy and sustained a few heavy early hits, but the young boxer quickly found his feet.
After an even first round, the momentum of the bout began to flow Green’s way in the second. The Gympie boxer’s Noosa opponent attempted to land a knockout blow to bring the fight to an abrupt end, but Green stood strong and chipped away with sound technique.
“I was really impressed with how he weathered the storm and then started to get on top,” Harmon said.
The third round was one-way traffic for Green as he stormed home for his first victory.
So full of adrenaline pumping though his veins, Green, a Gympie State High School student, said he couldn’t remember much of the fight.
“I was just so pumped and it all was a bit of a blur at the end,” he said.