WARRNAMBOOL boxer Jyl Wright hopes to cap off an impressive foray into the sport at Victorian championships next month.
Jyl, 17, will contest the intermediate juniors 69-kilogram division at the annual titles at Brunswick, starting on October 10.
The debut on the state stage comes after he scored his fourth win from five fights at the Reggio Calabria Club in Brunswick last Sunday.
He earned a unanimous points decision win against Noah Yang, a product of the renowned East End Boxing Club in Melbourne’s outer east.
Jyl said he was pleased with the win, achieved with an attacking display over three two-minute rounds.
“He was pretty much a more experienced boxer,” he said.
‘‘I started off a bit scrappy but came good towards the end, became a bit tidier.
“At the start it was real close, real grabbing each other.
‘‘As (the fight) went on it got better.”
Jyl, who is also a South Warrnambool footballer, described himself as “more of an aggressive fighter”.
“I like to take control from the start,’’ he said.
The Emmanuel College student started boxing when he was 12 and entered the ring for the first time earlier this year.
His preparation for the bout last weekend involved twice-daily training sessions under Koroit-based coach Lyndon Edney.
“I’m starting to get a lot more confident,” he said.
‘‘I’m not as nervous any more.
‘‘That’s just experience, really.”
Edney said he saw much potential in Jyl.
He said the teen was “the aggressor the whole time” and “outworked his opponent” last Sunday.
“He’s got a really good head on him. He deals with nerves really well and he’s fairly mature,” Edney said.
“As a 17-year-old he’s got no interest in going out drinking, boozing and carrying on.
“Down the track I’ve got a pretty good feeling he’s got an interest in turning pro.
“He’ll do what damage he can do in the amateur ranks and then see what happens.”
Edney said Jyl was a strong chance to at least place at state championships.
“Intermediate can be up to 10 fights so he’ll be up against kids who have had more fights than him,” he said. “But as far as that level is concerned, and in his weight and age division, he’ll be up there.”
Jyl was one of two Edney-coached boxers who fought in Melbourne on Sunday.
Late bloomer Liam Gibson, 32, had his first bout in the novice open 65-kilogram division, losing to Swan Hill’s Ali Yamani.
Edney said Gibson “had a real good go but came up short”.
“The kid had already had a fight and that made the difference,” he said.
“It was close but the kid was a bit more relaxed.”