Pirie boxer wins his first fight

FISTS: Josh Degenhardt let his fists to do the 'talking' in his first fight in Adelaide and won a trophy for his success. It may herald a strong career in the ring.

FISTS: Josh Degenhardt let his fists to do the 'talking' in his first fight in Adelaide and won a trophy for his success. It may herald a strong career in the ring.

Josh Degenhardt is a "hands on" kind of guy.

He was more interested in practical pursuits than academic studies when he was at school.

Now, he is an up-and-coming boxer with Bob Burnell's Gym in Pirie West, having won his first fight in Adelaide.

"It is definitely 'hands on'," he said regarding making an impact with his gloved fists.

"I started boxing for the fitness. Some of my friends were doing it as well and I enjoyed working out with my mates as well as the discipline involved.

"It taught me a lot of respect. I never learned respect at school. My style of learning was 'hands on', not what they taught."

Degenhardt, 24, is leading hand with Golden North Ice Cream factory at Laura and he can now say he "creamed" his opponent.

Trainer Burnell said his boxer had fought Jack Ducker in light welterweight division at Dom Polski Centre.

"Josh won - they stopped it in the second round." he said.

"He has been in the gym for quite a few years.

"He is just a changed lad this year with his discipline and attitude."

"This is what got him over the line now."

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