Calls for more WA boxing on the box
Calls for more WA boxing on the box

Rising fight promoter Ty Colman has called on TV chiefs to give Perth boxers greater exposure.

Colman and partner Dave Letizia's CDL Boxing Promotions company were recently named regional promoter of the year by the World Boxing Association at its convention in Jakarta, only two years after starting up.

Their ninth "Western Alliance" card at the WA Italian Club last Sunday was another success, headed by Jarrod Fletcher's exciting points victory over local favourite Robbie Bryant.

Colman, at 25 one of Australia's young breed of promoters, believes the WBA-Pan Asian Boxing Association award will help secure the likes of Bryant and Daniel Dawson even bigger fights.

But he says their cause would be made easier if Fox Sports came west to have a look at what they were doing.

"It's frustrating not getting any shows on Fox, even some promoters who are on there can't believe we haven't been given a chance," Colman said. "Our main event fights alone on each of our last five shows have been worthy of Fox.

"One reason we've heard is the time restraints but I think that's a bit of a cop-out as we'd happily move time slots. Another excuse is the cost of sending a team over but, again that sounds like an excuse.

"We are desperate to get the boys national coverage but the only way at the moment is to go east and on to other people's shows."

Colman also runs a boxing and fitness gym in Malaga, while Letizia still gets in the ring at 42. The light-heavyweight's record is nine wins, three losses and a draw.

"One of the reasons we started this was that the boys weren't getting promoted here in WA," he said. "Fighters from here were always 'victims' (opponents to house fighters) instead of contenders.

"But in two years we've helped take Robbie Bryant from a local fighter out of Lynwood to ranked No.7 by the WBA, and Dan is No.12 by the WBA.

"We also put on Erin McGowan's (women's) world title fight.

"A lot of promoters from over east come to get ideas off us, an example being Adam Wilcock from Melbourne. We're happy to work with anyone and everyone, we don't have an alliance with anybody."

Meanwhile, Perth heavyweight Mark de Mori scored a fifth round TKO victory over Damon Reed on the Gold Coast last night.

De Mori's win over the 41-year-old American takes his record to 20 wins, one loss and two draws.

The West Australian

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