No wins for Geraldton fighters Sarah Butler and Frauke Rawlings but positives to take away

Derek Goforth Geraldton Guardian
Sarah Butler and Skybox coach 'Uncle' Mick.
Camera IconSarah Butler and Skybox coach 'Uncle' Mick. Credit: Supplied

Geraldton boxers were back in action over the weekend, with Skybox fighters Sarah Butler and Frauke Rawlings both competing in the State Novice title tournament in Perth.

Butler took on Jessica De-Atta from Huntingdale boxing club in a 70kg intermediate senior special bout.

She struggled early with her opponent showcasing superior speed but she hung in there and fought back well to win the final round

Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to turn the judge’s scorecards in her favour as she fell to a points loss.

Butler was delighted with her performance despite of the loss.

“I’m so happy with the bout — got some big shots in and worked the overhand towards the end,” she said.

“I can see where it wasn’t enough to take the win but it’s given us some great things to work on next.”

Rawlings stepped up for her first fight against an adult opponent, Sahar Armad, from Ringfit boxing.

Rawlings also fell to a point loss after taking on some powerful blows but, like Butler, worked her way into the match showing good pace and control to stay aggressive up to the final bell.

Rawlings remained optimistic despite her defeat in the ring, having learned a lot by stepping up into the adult division.

“It was my first time fighting a senior female boxer, it’s a lot harder than fighting the girls my age but I have learnt a lot and there is plenty to work on,” she said.

Skybox were also happy with how the women performed despite results not going their fighter way.

“No win this weekend, but always plenty to take away from each fight,” the club said.

“We are always immensely proud of the efforts from our fight team, strong preseason, taking any match-ups, enduring the travel, and always coming away with smiles on their faces.”

Rawlings fights again on March 31 and goes on to fight for the State titles on April 15 and 29.

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