Deadly Dana eyes Australasian title

By Jack Waters

AFTER a blistering start to his young boxing career, 22-year-old Beerwah boxer Dana ‘Deadly’ Coolwell will soon be fighting for the Australasian lightweight title.

Dana earned the honour after downing Townsville boxer Mark Snook for the Queensland lightweight title at the Redcliffe Leagues Club last Saturday, October 5, with a fourth-round technical knockout in just his third professional fight.

Dana’s fight for the Australasian title will be held on October 23 when he will face undefeated Warwick boxer Jake Wyllie at the Gold Coast Convention Centre.

Hinterland Boxing Club’s Stephen Pitt has been coaching Dana for almost a decade and isn’t surprised the young star has already reached such a high level.

Dana is currently signed by Tasman Fighters, the same promoters that used to boast former WBO welterweight world champion Jeff Horn.

Stephen said the upcoming title bout was the biggest fight either of them had been part of.

“The fight is going to be streamed live and all eyes will be on him. This is going to be his breakout fight,” Stephen said.

“This is going to be a step up for him. Usually Dana fights as a super featherweight but he’ll be going up a division for this one.”

Stephen said he was confident Dana could get the win, with a possible world ranking fight on the horizon if he was successful.

“For a super featherweight he’s extremely strong, he’s fast and his boxing IQ is far superior to the kid he’s fighting,” Stephen said.

“We just want to go out there and make a good impression because a win would propel him onto big things.”

Dana will close out the year with a final fight on December 7 in Beerwah.

Photo: Tasman Fighters