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Back row (l-r): manager Garry Hartmann, Adam Clarke, corner man Stuart Pearson, Kris Parkhill, trainer Ben Dickman, Kirt Murphy and Pat O’Neill. Front (l-r): Harj Bisla, Dempsy Hartmann.
Back row (l-r): manager Garry Hartmann, Adam Clarke, corner man Stuart Pearson, Kris Parkhill, trainer Ben Dickman, Kirt Murphy and Pat O’Neill. Front (l-r): Harj Bisla, Dempsy Hartmann. submitted

IT was a successful night in the ring when Coffs Harbour’s Hart ’N’ All boxing stable went to the Nambucca Heads Bowling Club Fight Night with seven boxers being matched.

Promising junior Dempsy Hartmann was the technician on the night – using accurate and crisp jabs and body-head combinations. The 14 year-old listened to his trainer and responded with the right combinations which led to a win by points decision.

Pat O’Neill did very well, he lost the first and third rounds but was on top in the second round of his fight.

O’Neill threw some solid punches but just fell short of the mark despite showing some good defence. With more training O’Neill is set to become a difficult customer, especially with the punching power he possesses.

Nambucca Heads Fight Night was the sixth outing for Kirt Murphy and what a fight it turned out to be.

Suffering a bleeding nose only a few seconds into the first round, trainer Ben Dickman told Murphy to stay on the job and keep the pressure on his opponent.

Dickman admitted after the bout that he hadn’t seen that many punches thrown in many years.

In time he hopes that Murphy will throw fewer punches, and that they become crisper with more speed and power, starting from foot work shifting his weight.

The fight was a winner with the crowd with everyone standing to applaud.

Alistair Manuel found out how important it is to come to training to hone his skills and fitness.

Running out of steam in the second round, he was on the back foot losing his fight by a points decision while Harj Bisla boxed on the outside throwing some explosive combinations which led to a win by points.

Bisla will spend plenty of time ahead of his next bout learning to use the jab more often which will allow him to set up his shots easier.

The main event of the night saw Adam Clarke challenging Adam Partridge for the Northern NSW Light Middleweight title.

It was a close contest with Clarke landing clean stiff jabs on the outside, and Partridge mixing it up in close.

Clarke won the match bringing the belt back to Coffs Harbour.

Kris Parkhill was unable to get a fight but was matched for an exhibition where he put on a good display of boxing.

Stable manager Garry Hartmann would like to put on two more nights of boxing for Coffs Harbour early and late next year.

Hartmann organised a fight night nearly 12 months ago and the Mow-vember event raised plenty of funds that went towards organisations helping men with depression and prostate cancer.

As well as their work with the boxing stable, Hartmann and Dickman are now looking toward a refurbishment of the gym.

The boxing ring the group currently train in has no roof and they would like to expand the gym and add new floor coverings, paint and mirrors.

Anyone who wants to help out with material or donations should call Garry Hartmann on 04 1336 2752.