North punches true
Friday, 5th May, 2017
By Tyler Hannigan
Local boxer Darrell North has continued his winning ways with victories in both the NSW and Queensland state masters titles.
The wins make North a three-time champion after winning the South Australian state title last November. He won both the NSW and QLD bouts by points.
What made his wins even more remarkable is that he contracted the flu days before his NSW title fight but admits his ego prevented him from throwing in the towel.
“It’s a bit of ego,” North admitted about not wanting to miss the fight.
“I’d also had a really good preparation for the fight at my friend’s gym in Newcastle and I really didn’t want to waste it, plus my time and money for travelling, to not fight.
“So I got on with the job and came away with the win.”
North then travelled back to Broken Hill for a few days to train before getting back on the road again for the Queensland titles. He again prevailed by points in what admits was an ugly fight.
“The guy just wanted to wrestle and hold,” North added.
“He’s a nice bloke out of the ring but I’ll never box him again because that stuff is not what we’re about.”
Next for North is an exhibition bout in Alice Springs followed by the Victorian titles in October and the Australian titles in Tasmania later that same month. Getting the time off to travel is tough but North says that he is thankful for all the support he’s given.
“I have to thank my work and work colleagues for allowing me to travel for these fights,” he said.
“The support I get from them is fantastic, as it is from my wife.”
With these wins, further doors might open for North in the future such as international fights but he said he’s focused on the fights ahead of him.
“We’ll see what happens,” North said in regard to possible international fights.
“I’m just happy to be able to live my dream even at my age.”