Baden Trunfio defeats Aidan McKenna to claim main event victory at Kimberley Championship

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Baden Trunfio versus Aiden McKenna in the main event.
Camera IconBaden Trunfio versus Aiden McKenna in the main event. Credit: Cain Andrews/Broome Advertiser/Broome Advertiser

The Kimberley Boxing Championship has proven to be a huge success with patrons filling out the Broome Civic Centre to cheer on local fighters as they stepped into the ring with some of the best amateur boxers in the state.

Held on December 3, the Kimberley Championship featured 21 bouts with fighters travelling from as far as Alice Springs for the first sanctioned fight night to be held in Broome in years.

Karlee Hayes versus Naomi-Lee Charman.
Camera IconKarlee Hayes versus Naomi-Lee Charman. Credit: Cain Andrews/Broome Advertiser/Broome Advertiser

Two Broome locals, 15-year-olds Baden Trunfio and Aidan McKenna went blow for blow in the main event in an exciting and adrenaline-pumping final event for the night.

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McKenna went into the first round holding nothing back, throwing combos at Trunfio and landing some well place strikes despite Trunfio’s defensive jab and one-two counter combos.

Trunfio opened up in the second round letting the combos fly as McKenna kept up his pace from the first round, throwing combos to match Trunfio’s newfound fervour.

In the third round, all bets were off as the two boxers let the haymakers fly, leaving Trunfio with a bloody nose and the crowd up off their feet screaming.

But ultimately Trunfio proved himself to be the more precise striker, chanting with fists raised as he was named the winner of the title match.

Baden Trunfio defeated Aiden McKenna in the main event.
Camera IconBaden Trunfio defeated Aiden McKenna in the main event. Credit: Cain Andrews/Broome Advertiser/Broome Advertiser

Broome’s favourite boxer Luke Kent also entered the ring on the main fight card, going up against old nemesis Eric Kyanga.

It was a thrilling fight, with expert technical proficiency on display with the two fighters evading and countering each other’s combos with ease.

But Kent proved he was the more dominant fighter once again, cornering Kyanga on the ropes and throwing an endless flurry of punches at the Geraldton fighter in the second and third rounds to take home the belt for his division.

Another highlight from the night was when Aaron Fury from Mandurah defeated Shane Lynch in a dominant display, knocking out the 40-year-old Broome local in the first round.

Luke Kent versus Eric Kyanga.
Camera IconLuke Kent versus Eric Kyanga. Credit: Cain Andrews/Broome Advertiser/Broome Advertiser

Broome Boxing Club and Kimberley Championship organiser Conor Gerrard said the proceeds made from the fight night will be put back into Broome Boxing Club to keep it running into the future.

Main card results:

Bout 19 - Title fight - Karlee Hayes def. Naomi-Lee Chapman

Bout 20 - Title fight - Luke Kent def. Eric Kyanga

Bout 21 - Title fight - Baden Trunfio def. Aidan McKenna

Bout results:

Bout 1 - Title fight - Matthew McDonald def. Landen Hampton

Bout 2 - Solei Arnott def. Kyson Crudeli

Bout 3 - Blake Carmody def. Hayden Mann

Bout 4 - Thomas Pike def. Dane Lemin

Bout 5 - Title fight - Ash Schaffer def. Charles Bird

Bout 6 - Arnold Bairde drew Tyson O’Driscoll

Bout 7 - Sarah Butler def. Ria Charman

Bout 8 - Exhibition match - Rickie Molloy vs Phillip Sibosado

Bout 9 - Title fight - Stirling Bright def. Harvey Navales

Bout 10 - Jason Gault def. Jack Roe

Bout 11 - Steve Walker def. Jace Morgan

Bout 12 - Exhibition match - Corey Amato vs Aiden Field

Bout 13 - Liam Mooney def. Simon Marwick

Bout 14 - Exhibition match - Ignatius Dooley vs Marcus Narrier

Bout 15 - Colin Fuller def. Shannon Sibosado

Bout 16 - Shannon Lockyer def. John Ray Nabilon

Bout 17 - Ruben Tiipene def. Joel Jackson

Bout 18 - Title Fight - Aaron Fury def. Shane Lynch

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