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Talented Bunbury trio outbox rivals
Denning Boxing Gym fighters Nathaniel May, Baz Wallace and Claude Anderson

Bunbury has put itself on the map as an Australian boxing hotbed after three fighters returned from the national championships with gold medals.

Denning Boxing Gym’s Nathaniel May, Baz Wallace and Claude Anderson stamped themselves as the best in the country after impressive performances at the competition in Adelaide from February 10-16.

The results were the best from any individual gym.

Claude, 13, competed in the 48kg weight division and defeated Josh Perricon from NSW 9-4 in the final.

Baz, 15, fought in the 50kg weight division, toppling Tasmanian Marshall Kruse 16-9 in Friday’s final.

Both went one better after winning silver medals at last year’s national championships in Hobart.

Meanwhile, 17-year-old Nathaniel May, who is aiming to turn professional later this year, scored a comfortable 17-9 triumph over Lynken Dickson from NSW to win the 60kg division.

The trio, who are all Australian Golden Gloves champions, were part of a 40-strong WA contingent which returned from Adelaide with seven medals.

Baz said the results were a reward for the careful preparation in the lead up to the tournament.

“We all had hard fights but because we all trained hard we expected the results we got, ” he said.

“To come back with gold, I think our coach was very happy with that and so were we.”

Coach Pete Stokes said: “They did make mention we were the most successful individual gym.

“WA only got seven medals and we got nearly half of those from one gym in Bunbury.

“Being from the country, it’s a good thing to have achieved.”

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