Geraldton Mayor Shane ‘Stone Cold’ Van Styn’s second boxing match rescheduled from Kalgoorlie to Northam

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Shane Van Styn.
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City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane “Stone Cold” Van Styn’s second competitive boxing match has been moved, with the bout scheduled for Kalgoorlie this weekend now due to take place in November in Northam with a different opponent.

The mayor, pictured, is due to take on Scott “Grievous Bodily Harm” Grieves, replacing a rematch against super heavyweight Tomoana “Wrecker” Wijohn with a bout that ups the ante with lighter gloves and a knockout a likely outcome.

Coach Paul Barrett said one slip for either fighter would spell trouble and mean the fight would not go the distance.

“They’re big boys to have gloves that light,” Barrett said. “Guys that heavy, over 100kg, ensures somebody is going to get knocked out. One wrong move and that’s 140-odd kilograms landing on your jaw.

“That’s going to shake things up.”

He said the fighters will go toe-to-toe in 12-ounce gloves for the King of the Hill amateur super-heavyweight belt at the November 20 event rather than the 16oz gloves worn in Van Styn’s debut against Wijohn in April, when the visitor took the Geraldton amateur belt.

Van Styn was due to take on Wijohn this weekend in Kalgoorlie for the Kalgoorlie and Geraldton super-heavyweight amateur belts, but was unable to make the date due to scheduling conflicts.

Scott “Grievous Bodily Harm” Grieve fighting Andrew “Tombstone” McGill at Fists of Fury 2: Maximum Impact in Geraldton in April.
Camera IconScott “Grievous Bodily Harm” Grieve fighting Andrew “Tombstone” McGill at Fists of Fury 2: Maximum Impact in Geraldton in April. Credit: Arctic Moon Photography

The new plan is for a team that includes Van Styn, Leighton Reid, Denis “The Fighting Irish” Taylor, Gary Bull and Kelly Crocos to head to King of the Hill.

Van Styn said he was training hard and planned to go into the bout in the best shape for years.

“I haven’t stopped training,” he said. “I’m probably training a lot better now than I was in the lead-up (to the previous two scheduled bouts). I think in four months I should be in the best shape I’ve been in in 20 years. Training’s certainly switched to an intensity level I haven’t reached before.”

He said he should go into the fight 20kg lighter than last time and would be working on speed. Grieves was disqualified in his fight against Andrew McGill at Fists of Fury 2: Maximum Impact in Geraldton in April.

Van Styn made his competitive ring debut at the same event with the loss to Wijohn.

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