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9 March, 2021

Coen wins first fight

Young Gilgandra boxer, Coen Naden has won his first amateur boxing match by technical knockout (TKO).

By Supplied

Najarra Naden proudly stands with her brother Coen Naden, who won in his first boxing fight over the weekend. Photo supplied.

Gilgandra has produced many boxing legends over the years, some of whom have even represented at the Australian level.

Recently Coen Naden, son of Phil and Terri-Lee Naden donned the gloves to compete in his first amateur boxing match, held at East Cessnock Bowling Club on Friday, February 26.  

Coen, a vice-captain of Gilgandra High School, trains weekly between Tooraweenah, Coonabarabran, Gilgandra and Dubbo.

On Friday night he donned on the gloves, by invitation by former world boxing champion Sakio Bika’s to fight on his undercard. Coen weighed in at 50.4kg and fought a Newcastle boxer with the same experience.

He boxed well for two rounds, scoring points on his opponent with combination rights and lefts. Coen then went into the third round determined to take the fight to another level. Which he did and fortunately it was enough for him to win as the referee stopped the fight in the third round, with Coen registering his first ever TKO.

Coen has been trained for the past two years by experienced world class trainer, Mark Pitts, who now resides in Tooraweenah. Mr Pitts also trained Sakio Bika to a world title fight. Coen, Mr Pitts and his dad Phil, are often in Coonabarabran and Dubbo training at the local gym or PCYC and sparing with local members to improve the technical aspect of his boxing. Coen will return to the boxing gym in May to fight for the NSW State Novice Titles. He is confident he can come away with the win, particularly after a strong result in his first fight.

Coen said his boxing training has given him a love for the sport.

“I love being trained by a world class trainer, in Mark Pitts because he is so technical.”

Coen has a huge local fan base, and is grateful for the ongoing support he has received from his family and to everyone that travels to watch him compete.

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