Dana fighting for an international title

By Kirra Livingstone

BEERWAH’S Dana Coolwell is ready to rumble against Olympian Luke Boyd for the International Boxing Federation Pan Pacific Featherweight title on July 15 at the Fortitude Music Hall.

This will be Dana’s second fight of the year and although he’s coming off three consecutive fights and an intense boxing training camp in Sydney, this is a huge step up for the featherweight.

“Luke Boyd is a dangerous guy, he is 10-0 undefeated and he is a former 2008 Olympian so he’s got some pretty great credentials to test Dana in the ring,” Dana’s coach Steve Pitt said.

“If Dana can win this fight, he will be ranked in the top 15 in the IBF rankings.”

Steve also told GC&M News that he needs to win this fight to keep rising up the ranks, to hopefully contend for a world title next year.

Although Dana’s fighting style has been consistent, especially since changing weight divisions last year, Steve said there is always room for improvement.

“There’s always improvements, but as long as Dana stays focused in the ring, and stays calm and collected he can do anything,” Steve said.

“This will be a great fight for him because Boyd is so experienced, it will make Dana a better boxer.”

Steve said they had a detailed plan heading into the fight with his dangerous opponent.

“In the first few rounds it will be just boxing with him, every win he has had has been by knockout,” he said.

“We will need to rely on the first and second round to wear him down, after the first few rounds we will start playing the game a bit and really landing our punches and stop him.”

The plan for the rest of 2023 includes a local fight on the Sunshine Coast, with details to be revealed.

Hinterland Boxing stablemate Liam Pope is all fighting at the end of the month.