Gold Coast Titans star Jarrod Wallace has claimed victory in his first boxing match, winning a four-round battle against fellow debutant and former rugby league player Nick Timm.
Wallace, who entered the ring looking extremely fit, continually found his mark with a powerful right hand which delivered a steady stream of points throughout the contest.
In the end it was a hook-jab combination that sent Timm to the canvas in the fourth round that proved the difference, as the judges declared the Titans and Queensland prop a unanimous points-decision winner.
Raising awareness for the Gold Coast Titans Physical Disability Rugby League team, and supported ringside by his father and trainer Craig and a host of Titans teammates, Wallace looked in fine form throughout the contest, saying his intense, pre-fight training block had seen him return to Titans training in great condition.
“I wasn’t expecting to get this fit, I just wanted to take myself and my body to where I’d never known before,” Wallace said.
The bout stands Wallace in good stead as he and his Titans teammates look to impress new coach Justin Holbrook during a tough pre-season training campaign.
“I am way ahead with my fitness for this time of year compared to where I usually would be,” Wallace said. “My weight is 107kg, which is below where it usually is at this time of year.
“My skin folds when I left the club at the end of the season was 68 and I went back at 70. Usually I blow out, but I didn’t this year.”
It was a great day for the Gold Coasters fighting on the card with 10-time Muay Thai world champion John Wayne “The Gunslinger” Parr scoring a unanimous points decision over former world boxing champion Anthony Mundine.