Beerwah boxing sensations biggest battle to date

By Sonia Isaacs Clark

AS HIS stellar trajectory to the top continues, Beerwah boxing sensation Dana ‘Deadly’ Coolwell has this fortnight taken on his biggest battle to date when he heads into the ring to take on his tough Venezuelan national champion Ender ‘The Tiger’ Luces on April 13. Scheduled for ten rounds, this highly anticipated bout promises a ferocious fight to the finish as the two professional national champions contest the IBF Super Featherweight World Youth Title.

The Next Gen boxing event will be a massive night for Hinterland Boxing Club as they see two of their own, Dana Coolwell and fellow boxer Liam Pope, both fighting for belts on the same card. Established amateur Liam will be taking on Erik Sokolov in a bid for the Australian Super Bantamweight title. Coach and owner of Hinterland Boxing Club Stephen Pitt said to have two boys from Beerwah both fighting for titles was definitely a historic occasion. He said having Dana headline the April 13 bout at Fortitude Music Hall in only his ninth professional bout was a massive achievement at his age and stage of his career.

“It’s pretty rare to go for a youth title so early in a career but after claiming the Australian Super Featherweight Championship and putting Miles Zalewski to sleep with the Australian KO of the year live on Fox Sports, this seems like a natural progression,” said Stephen.

With the dates for the April televised bout pushed back, Stephen said Dana had actually been in training for 16 weeks instead of the usual eight weeks. He said Dana was in fine form and was also incredibly grateful and felt privileged for the opportunity to contest a World Youth Title at just 23 years of age.

“He is very fit, focussed and chomping at the bit. To have this fight televised on Foxtel is a big deal, however I am very confident Dana will put in a great performance,” said Stephen.

In the lead up to the event, Stephen said all the hard work in training by both Dana and Liam had now been done and the two fighters were now concentrating on maintaining their form. As a coach, Stephen said while everyone was excited ahead of the April 13 bouts at the Fortitude Music Hall in Brisbane, he was staying calm as he still had a job to do which would take him right up until both Dana and Liam were in the ring on the night.

Main image: Dana Coolwell and Liam Pope