Cruiso Bower accounted for Josh Robbie on Saturday night.
Cruiso Bower accounted for Josh Robbie on Saturday night. John Gass

Bower in bold win to even ledger

HARD-hitting pugilist Cruiso Bower squared the ledger with Josh Robbie in a tight four-round decision on Saturday night.

The Condong Bowls Club was packed for what was dubbed Ding Dong in Condong II: The Rematch and the 12-bout card didn’t disappoint.

Robbie beat Bower in an earlier encounter, but both boxers entered the rematch with 4-1 records and were different fighters from when they last met.

Tweed Daily News boxing columnist Tony Nobbs, who trains Robbie at the Stingrays Gym, said the improving Bower was too strong.

“Both scored well, Bower with hard left crosses, Robbie with his right-lefts, but it was the Murwillumbah fighter who had more power in his punches,” Nobbs said. “Neither boxer was in serious trouble and with Bower a walk-up southpaw banger and Robbie standing 188cm-plus, it became a bit untidy as the two tangled in close.

“But it was an exciting contest with both working hard.”

Bower, 21, now has a record that reads five wins to one loss, while Robbie, 27, dropped to 4-2.

It is unlikely the two fighters will meet again so the record between them will remain even.

In the premier support bout, Grafton’s Corbin Robinson defeated Gold Coast’s Shane Wood in an entertaining heavyweight clash.

“Teenager Robinson is a useful performer who could develop into a quality big man as he matures,” Nobbs said of the boxer who gave Stingrays’ Nocks Mohenoa two tough scraps last year.

World championship bronze medallist Timacoy Williams, from Brisbane City, boxed two exhibitions with national silver medallist Billy Robinson, from Lismore, and Ballina’s promising Luke Hall.

“Both were willing performances by all three and it was terrific for the local crowd to witness a world-class amateur,” Nobbs said.

A number of Tweed fighters will weigh in at Beenliegh on April 16 before the next tournament in May.



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