Young Gympie boxer claims silver
ONE telling round was all that denied Gympie amateur boxer Kirk Dumschat a gold medal at the National Amateur League Boxing Titles in Hobart last weekend.
Dumschat, 16, a member of the Cooroy Impact Boxing Academy, clinched silver in the 66 kilogram Australian title final after a points decision loss to undefeated Brett Verfuth of Victoria.
Dumschat qualified to represent Queensland at the national event after winning the state title in Mackay earlier this year.
Impact Boxing Academy trainer Mark Evans was full of praise for Dumschat, saying the young talent “fought the toughest fight of his career” when he climbed into the ring.
“Kirk has done himself, his family, club and sponsors extremely proud,” Evans said.
“He was unlucky not to win gold because he was the better boxer, but just got out muscled in the final round.”
Evans said the Victorian boxer benefited from a lot of leniency from the fight referee.
“(Verfuth) got away with way too much from the referee, in my opinion,” Evans said.
“In saying that, we will cop that on the chin and keep moving forward.”
In the opening round, the tone was set as Verfuth pushed his way ahead in a scrappy start to the bout, and landed an elbow to Dumschat’s left eye.
The Victorian continued to press and was able to shut Dumschat out for the remainder of the round.
Come the start of the second round, the Gympie boxer showed his trademark grit and started to impose himself on the fight.
“Round two was a different story with Kirk keeping the Victorian at bay with some accurate long range power punches,” Evans said.
Dumschat closed out the second round in a rousing style, landing one of his signature left hooks, sending Verfuth back to his stool on trembling legs.
The third and final round had spectators on the edge of their seats as the Australian title hung in the balance.
In all or nothing effort, both boxers didn’t hold back.
Dumschat continued his momentum from the earlier round by landing impressive well-timed combinations.
Verfuth, however, weathered the barrage and emerged fired up and with a steely resolve.
“Brett finished the round with a strong display of body punches to be crowned the winner,” Evans said.
In just his second year of amateur boxing, Dumschat’s fight record is impressive.
From his brief time in the ring, the Gympie boxer has won a Wide Bay title, fought in the National Golden Gloves, claimed a Queensland title and, as of last weekend, represented Queensland at the national titles to win silver.
Just this year alone Dumschat has stepped into the ring 10 times while also showing his enthusiasm by putting his hand up to take part in three exhibitions.
“The world is his oyster and I have no doubt he will keep getting better,” Evans said.
While Dumschat enjoys his silver medal performance, the ambitious boxer’s story continues in the ring at Noosa this Saturday.