Jackson Woods to put on a show for Latrobe crowd
LONDON Olympian Jackson Woods will be aiming to put on a show for his home crowd at Saturday night’s boxing tournament at Latrobe.
The 21-year-old will clash in the elite 56kg section with Victoria’s Jerome Udovic, an opponent he has had the wood over in previous bouts.
“I’ve fought him twice and won, but he’s really strong, he keeps pushing forward and never stops,” Woods said yesterday.
“It probably doesn’t suit me the best, because I’m a bit of a back-foot fighter and like a bit of space.”
But Woods said he wouldn’t have to change his tactics in order to counteract the Victorian.
“I know I can still beat him on the back foot the way I do, so I don’t need to change anything at the moment,” he said.
Members of the Latrobe Boxing Club who have fights scheduled for the upcoming annual Latrobe Boxing Tournament (from left) Damian Colgan, Jason Colgan, Nick Cooney, Luke Woods, Jackson Woods, Dylan Cochrane and Sarah McConnon.
Woods’s cousin Luke will be pitted against South Australian Terry Nicholas in the 69kg section.
“I’ve boxed him once before two years ago, in Sydney and beat him fairly easy to be honest,” he said.
Woods said he was looking forward to competing in front of his home crowd.
“They normally get me over the line pretty well, and it’s an extra boost when the whole town is behind you,” he said.
The Woods’s bouts double as a lead-up preparation to the national titles in Perth in April.
One state title will be decided on Saturday night, with Joseph Corner up against Glenn McKeown in the elite under 69kg class.
Saturday night’s event features 20 bouts, with action starting at 6.30pm at the Latrobe Memorial Hall.
Entry is $20 for adults and $50 for a family, with tickets available at the door.
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