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Get ready for this event. First of it's kind in Australia.

Zac Clarkson - Boxing Blind


Courier Mail 6/09/2018

Boxing promoter Jamie Myer believes the blind bout will be the first of its kind in Australia.

Blind boxers to feature at 'David and Goliath' fight night

THERE'S an old saying in boxing, says veteran Gold Coast fight promoter Jamie Myer:

"The punch you don't see coming is the one that hurts you or knocks you out."

When they strap on the gloves and go toe to toe in the ring later this month, Damien Williams and Zachariah Clarkson won't see a single punch coming.

They're both completely blind.

Strapped to each other with a surfboard leg-rope, Mr Williams and Mr Clarkson will square off on the undercard to Myer's "David and Goliath" fight night at the Gold Coast Convention Centre on September 28.

While blind boxers have slugged it out overseas before, this is believed to be the first bout of its kind in Australia.

Zachariah Clarkson and Damien Williams will face off in the first blind boxing match in Australia.

Mick Goodey, who trains Mr Williams and Mr Clarkson, said the men sparred but had been disappointed at being unable to have a proper fight.

"I've known Jamie (Myer) for a long time and said to him, 'Why can't the they have the same opportunity as everybody else?'," he said.

"They're both super-fit and keen to fight."

Mr Williams, 47, lost his eyesight in separate freak accidents – the first at 13 when he was hit in the left eye with a pair of pliers, and the second at 27 when struck by a golf ball.

"I've always kept very fit doing things like ultra-marathons and 12-hour bike rides, and boxing is just another challenge," he said.

Zachariah Clarkson and Damien Williams will be strapped together with a leg rope during the match.

Mr Clarkson, 25, who went blind as a child from degenerative eye disease, said he was excited to be stepping into the ring and was training at least 10 hours a week.

"We want to show other vision-impaired people that our disability is no barrier to having a crack," he said.

Myer said the blind boxers would use the leg-rope and their instincts to help land punches during the three-round bout.

"Safety will be the main emphasis," he said.

"They'll be throwing body shots rather than haymakers, and we'll have two referees to help guide them around the ring. I reckon what they're doing is inspirational."

PUBLISHED 6/09/2018
By Greg Stolz, The Courier-Mail

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