In your face: Richard Burns is pumped.
In your face: Richard Burns is pumped. Blainey Woodham

Red-hot boxing action at Condong

RICHARD “Red Hot” Burns is looking to bring the heat when he enters the ropes for his 69kg bout at Condong Bowls Club tonight.

The Tweed Stingrays slugger has been red hot in each of his three fights to date, taking all by unanimous decision on the judges' scorecard to keep his perfect record in tact.

This week Burns trades blows with renowned Ashmore PCYC puncher Harry Lees and trainer Tony Nobbs is expecting him to light up the ring once more.

“Rich has shown plenty of potential in each of his fights and looks sharper every time he gets in the ring,” Nobbs said.

“He sparred one of my professionals, Trevor Jacky (light heavyweight), on Monday night to finalise preparations and he's looking all right. The guy he's fighting, Harry, fought another one of my guys, Dwayne Goode, last year at 75kg, so is dropping down in weight and could prove a strong, tough opponent. But I think Richard will win.”

Burns will be joined in the ring by sparring partners Josh Robbie (69kg), Todd Cattell (69kg) and Josh Togo (75kg) as part of the undercard action on Stuart Stone's Murwillumbah Boxing Club bill. Other locals looking for action include the home club's Elliot Balk (64kg), Tumbulgum's Morgan Preston (75kg) and Cudgen's Rick Irwin (64kg).

However, all eyes will be on the main event. The headline act is an interesting rematch between Banora Point's North Coast champion Tom Strain (Stingrays) and Casino's Jonathan Walker at light welterweight (64kg).

“The pair fought out a classy contest at Ballina last week and this promises to be a more outstanding clash,” Nobbs said.

Strain, 18, has been the real improver on the North Coast circuit but will not be able to overlook the taller Walker, 22, who has had time to master Strain's switch-hitting style. “Walker is a very good fighter with a lot of natural talent,” Nobbs said. “Last week was the best Tom has fought but he must back that up this week.”

Promoter Stuart Stone expects a 10-bout program from 7pm with boxers from as far a field as Brisbane and Grafton.



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