Craig Warhurst

Kirk's destiny is in his reach

A MERE five months have passed since Gympie Karma Boxing's latest recruit Kirk Dumschat took up amateur boxing and already he has secured his first big win.

Dumschat, 14, travelled to Caloundra at the weekend and managed to overcome a challenge mounted by Southpine competitor Sam Fagon, winning with a points decision.

Making the win even more remarkable was that Dumschat gave away a height and weight advantage, while also being two years younger.

Fagon was three kilograms heavier at 71 kilograms while the lanky boxer also loomed large over Dumschat.

But Dumschat pushed past the initial intimidation to apply his trade and find a way to win - and convincingly.

“It feels great to have won my first fight,” he said at a weekly training session with mentor Neil Harmon at Albert Park Wednesday afternoon.

“It definitely motivates me to keep wanting to improve and win some more.”

The Gympie boxer said he approached the opening round tentatively, keen to figure out his opponent and get a feel for what he would need to do to come out on top.

But once settled, things started to come his way without too much hassle.

Harmon said momentum swung Dumschat's way early on in the second round.

“Kirk was landing some heavy punches and was using some effective combinations,” he said.

With Fagon on the ropes, Dumschat did not let the pressure escape from his attack as the bout progressed to the third round.

“I was feeling pretty good at this stage because I was going strongly and I was only thinking of closing it out,” Dumschat said.

It was only a formality from this moment on as Dumschat powered on to collect his first victory in the sport.

“My dad boxed and so did my pop, so I want to follow in their footsteps,” he said.

And with such an impressive debut, Dumschat appears destined to live out that ambition.

Harmon says a bright future awaits Dumschat because he harnesses the basic building blocks to be a real force in the ring.

“He is very strong for his age, so that makes him a tough opponent,” he said. “And he will only get stronger as he grows and continues to train.”

Dumschat said training was already beginning to transform his fitness and strength.

“I do a lot of light weights and power punching, and I can feel the effects already,” he said.

Meanwhile, a bruised and battered Fagon will have a few weeks to pick up the pieces before the pair face off again in a rematch scheduled in Hervey Bay on October 30.

But with a win already under his belt, Dumschat carries the edge and would be a firm favourite to repeat his heroics at the weekend.

Gympie Times


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