FILIPE Ferreira and Dave Toussaint stole the show last Friday night as they both won their professional boxing debuts at the Hellenic Club.
Friday Night Fights was a huge success for our local boys as they both delivered the goods against their tricky Sydney opponents, recording unanimous points decisions and sending the crowd bananas.
In front of just under 1000 people, Toussaint and Ferreira were mostly untroubled and they didn’t let the occasion get to them.
Both fighters were relaxed in the hours leading up to the show and thanks to their thorough preparation, their nerves were controlled as the bouts drew nearer.
Ferreira was first to fight in the co-main event and he started well; his head movement and the power of his body shots were very impressive.
As he tired towards the end of the fourth and final round, a small window opened up for his opponent Jesse Saavedra but the damage was done.
All three judges scored the bout 39-36 and Ferreira’s fans made themselves heard when the decision was read out.
‘Diamond’ Dave rounded off the night in the main event and he was even more devastating in his victory over Khosrow Minoo.
He was true to his word last week when he told me that his powerful punching was one of his big weapons. His footwork was superb, dancing around the ring and picking off his opponent at will.
Strangely, Minoo was constantly looking at his corner for seconds at a time during the fight.
Toussaint told me afterwards that he noticed it as well and thought it was strange, but he just continued with persistant attack and never let Minoo into the fight.
Two scorecards came in at a heavily lopsided 40-34 and the other one at 40-35 so overall a resounding victory for the hometown favourite.
The relief afterwards was evident for both boys but the excitement about their future prospects was the more obvious emotion.
Garry Hamilton, coach of both fighters, was happy that his chargers had won and was conscious that they both had to enjoy their success and reflect, before the hard work begins again in earnest in the coming weeks.
Toussaint’s father Dave, who is also the boxing coach at the Hills Sports Academy, told me afterwards that the victory was a just reward after the near misses that have beset his son in the past. He was proud of the performance and can see the potential having himself been a part of the sport for many years.
Bright futures lay in wait for Ferreira and Toussaint. Last Friday was just the start.