GYMPIE Karma Boxing amateur Ryan Jones didn’t have long to wait for victory during his first outing in Nambour last weekend.
Stepping into the ring Saturday against rival Russell Price, who enjoyed a home crowd advantage, Jones, 27, closed the deal in a mere 30 seconds.
The amateur boxer could hardly believe the result.
“It’s not what I was expecting at all,” he said.
The Nambour boxer was over six feet in height and towered above Jones. But the Gympie boxer didn’t let the height hinder his ability to piece together a battle plan.
“I got in underneath him early on and landed one powerful blow that did the damage,” Jones said.
The Nambour crowd looking on barely had time to settle into the fight and went quiet as their home boy stumbled.
A referee put an eight count on Jones’ opponent before a technical knockout was awarded in his favour.
“I felt a bit sorry for him,” Jones said, who still could find time to sympathise with his challenger despite the elation of victory.
“But it’s a great result after only training for a couple of months.”
In the week following the thrilling triumph, Jones has not taken his foot off the pedal. Instead, he has thrown himself back into the training ring in preparation for his next bout.
“I am looking for another a fight at the moment and it looks like I might get one in Deception Bay in a fortnight’s time,” he said.
“It’s just a case of ringing around and waiting for an offer.”
Jones joins existing Karma boxers Jamie Birrell and James Taylor in continuing to hone their skills under the expert eye of trainer Neil Harmon.
For Jones, boxing was originally an outlet for fitness, but soon became much more.
“I just took it up to help me get fit but I decided I would take it more seriously because I was enjoying it,” he said.
Jones lives at Tin Can Bay alongside Birrell and it’s proving to be an ideal scenario to help the pair train.
“We do runs together and sparring in Jamie’s gym, so it’s good for us both,” Jones said. “It helps us stay focused.”
Harmon said after a slow start, 2010 promised more success for Karma Boxing.