Local boxer Dempsy Hartmann claimed a silver medal at the recent state titles.
Local boxer Dempsy Hartmann claimed a silver medal at the recent state titles. LEIGH JENSEN

Hartmann punches well above weight

THE coach of Coffs Harbour’s Hart ’N’ All boxing gym firmly believes he had two fighters who were only a referee’s decision away from claiming gold medals at the recent State titles in Rockdale.

“If the judging and refereeing was kept fair it would have been gold all the way for Hart ’N’ All,” coach Ben Dickman said.

Dempsy Hartmann and Kurt Murphy suffered disappointing losses that good fight judges thought could have easily gone the other way.

As a 14-year-old, Hartmann’s effort to claim a silver medal while fighting well above his usual weight division was an outstanding effort that could’ve been so much better.

Hartmann weighed in at 68kg but with no opponents in that division he decided go up to the next weight and give away seven kilos to get a match up.

Working off his jab, Hartmann out-boxed his opponent to land some heavy right hands to the body and head. He used the ring well and boxed off, catching his opponent coming in trying to land shots.

Many thought the youngster easily won on points, but the judges didn’t see it that way, giving the win to the other boxer.

While still in the ring the local paid respect to the other corner and was at least comforted when the opposition admitted they thought the decision should have gone the other way.

Coming from a boxing family, Hartmann knows these decisions are part of the game, and he was not complaining about the medal he did win.

The more experienced Murphy weighed in at 64kg and was drawn against a much taller opponent in his first bout.

Dickman got Murphy to box for the first round, but that was not working, so for round two he was ordered to put the pressure on and keep inside with body shots.

This instruction worked a treat and Murphy landed two beautiful body shots towards the end of the second round, which folded his opponent and a standing eight-count was put on him. The 22-year-old kept on him in the third and won by points.

After the high of the early win Murphy soon encountered disappointment.

“Kurt’s second fight was a cracker, the best I have seen him fight,” Dickman said proudly.

“After the first fight I told Kurt he was still throwing arm punches and he needed to sit lower and punch from his feet as that’s how you get power.

“Kurt did exactly what I wanted and

whatever his opponent did, Kurt was one step ahead landing devastating combinations which the other boxer had no answer for.

“Kurt was too good.”

Unfortunately Murphy is a bleeder and his nose wouldn’t stop bleeding so the referee had a good look and stopped the fight halfway through the second round.

“The president of boxing was trying to get the attention of the referee to let the fight go on but the referee couldn’t hear,” the coach recalled.

“Kurt was furious about the referee’s decision and found out his opponent won gold the following day. He’s is getting his nose looked at by a specialist so there will be nothing stopping him next time.”

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