STATE of Origin is no longer fought exclusively on the football field.
Gympie amateur boxers Daniel Dwyer, Kirk Dumschat and Tom Bambling stepped into the ring at the weekend for the boxing equivalent of the iconic battle between states.
The special event was organised by the Impact Boxing Academy in conjunction with the Gobal Amateur Boxing Association.
Noosa District High School’s ‘The Stadium’ was the site of the battle.
Impact Boxing trainer Mark Evans could not be contacted yesterday for the outcome of the bouts for the three Gympie amateurs but was earlier excited about the trio’s prospects.
“The Queensland team was made up from boxers from various clubs around south-east Queensland and as far noth as Gladstone,” he said.
“There has always been that rivlary between states, even in the boxing fraternity.”
Evans said the best way to sort out which state had superiority was to issue New South Wales a challenge.
“I thought what better way to decide who is best than in the ring,” he said.
Dumschat stepped into the ring looking to continue his recent solid form and Evans expected quality showing from a young talent he says is “one to watch for the future.”
Meanwhile, Dwyer, a former 44kg Australian and Queensland title holder, jumped the ropes for the first time this year looking to open his account with a win.
Now sitting in a new division, Dwyer was eager to stamp his authority on new turf.
Bambling was also after a taste of success and wasn’t prepared to let the Queensland spirit wane in the ring.
A large crowd was expected to the fill the ring and cheer Queensland on against its New South Wales foes.