The fight of his life

By Darrell Wallbridge

COFFS Harbour boxer Justin Clements could be in for the fight of his life when he defends his Australian light heavyweight title at the Coffs Harbour Ex-Services Club tonight.

His opponent will be 'Tiger' Tim Bell, the current Victorian light heavyweight champion.

Everyone of Tiger Tim's eight professional wins have been by way of knockout while two of the 26 year old's three losses have been against Kiwi born fighters as was his only drawn match.

His only other loss was against fellow Victorian Dale Westerman who was also the last person to beat Justin Clements.

Tim Bell's last fight was a defence of his Victorian title against previously unbeaten challenger John Walker where Bell stopped Walker in the in the fourth round.

Justin Clements (45 bouts) is the third most experienced active boxer in Australia today but with only 10 of his 32 wins coming by way of knockout he may need to find some extra power tonight.

This defence of his Australian title looks set to be his hardest so far and should attract a record crowd.

And what an undercard with outstanding local amateur boxer Daniel Baff making his pro debut.

Daniel is the most outstanding local light heavyweight to make his professional debut since former world champion Jeff Harding stepped into the ring in the Grafton cattle yards almost 20 years ago.

Don't be surprised if Daniel Baff also wins a world title.

His opponent tonight is previously highly rated Queenslander Jason Larsen.

Former heavyweight Larsen has a record of five wins, three losses and two draws with four of his wins coming by way of knockout.

This may seem like a formidable challenge to Daniel Baff but patrons will see what real talent this young man possesses in bucketfulls.

A win tonight would putDaniel straight into the Australian cruiserweight ratings and his talent could have him winning the national title in under 12 months.

Local well known security guard Ricky Nelson will also make his professional debuttonight against Queensland junior middleweight Matt Amies who comes to the ring with a record of two wins and one loss.

Heavyweights Steve Cappara and Frank Fao-solo will also make their professional debuts on the undercard.

It was sad to see the passing of former North Coast lightweight champion Snow Rose last Saturday.

He was a champion bloke in and outside the ring and will be sadly missed.



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