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Local amateurs steal the show

Airlie Beach amateur boxer James Eyles (bearing a dislocated shoulder) with special guest referee Danny Green and fellow Whitsunday boxer Craig Korn following their exhibition bout at Trouble in Paradise.
Airlie Beach amateur boxer James Eyles (bearing a dislocated shoulder) with special guest referee Danny Green and fellow Whitsunday boxer Craig Korn following their exhibition bout at Trouble in Paradise.

WHITSUNDAY amateur boxers Craig Korn and James Eyles will never forget their first ever amateur fight.

The pair of local boxers featured in a bout at Trouble in Paradise on Saturday night with special guest Danny Green as the referee.

Unfortunately for the boxers, Green and the crowd, the bout only reached the halfway mark of the second round as Eyles was forced to throw in the towel when he dislocated his shoulder.

Although Korn was declared the winner on the night he said it was just great to be in the ring with the IBO cruiserweight world champion.

“It was good to have Danny in there refereeing, it just gave us that extra push,” he said.

“It was a great night and it's something I'd like to do again.

"It would have been good to go three rounds but these things happen, I'm definitely keen for a rematch.”

Korn's boxing trainer Chris Doblo said he was impressed with the way his boxer fought on the night.

“I was stoked with crackers [Korn's],” he said.

“The fact that we had Danny Green refereeing it, it's something he can tell his grand kids.

“To have your first fight and have the world champ hold up your hand, that's pretty special.”

Not only did the fighters enjoy the spectacle, but Green himself said it was a highlight of his night.

“Full credit to the boys, they were going hard and it was classic,” he said.

“There were a few times I nearly went in with my fists up.

“I wanted it to keep going, the crowd were loving it and next time those guys have to go at it again.”


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