WINNER: Cannonvale’s Daniel McCormack stepped up to take down a heavier opponent at Battle in the Beaches 3 on Saturday night.
WINNER: Cannonvale’s Daniel McCormack stepped up to take down a heavier opponent at Battle in the Beaches 3 on Saturday night.

McCormack defeats his bigger opponent

BOXING

HE WAS literally punching above his weight, but that didn't stop Whitsunday Martial Arts' (WMA) boxer Dan McCormack from stretching his undefeated record to 6-0.

McCormack travelled to Mackay on Saturday to take on Battle in the Beaches 3, but the night didn't go according to plan.

"I put a lot of effort into cutting weight for this weight to go for a lower division but when I turned up on the night there was no one in that division," he explained.

"I ended up getting matched up against someone who cut down a lot, so I was probably giving away 3kg." McCormack was aiming for the super welterweight division (71kg) but ended up toe-to-toe with a Mackay boxer who weighed in at 73.7 (middleweight).

Despite battling mental and physical challenges associated with fighting an opponent bigger and stronger, McCormack stuck to his guns with a distinct plan in mind.

"He came out really sharp but I worked body shots, investing in body work and draining his energy. Every time I landed one he fell to the canvas," he said.

"The second round was much the same. I put him down at least six times in the first round.

"Going into the last round I got advice from my corner to 'hit him in the noggin'. So I pushed him into the corner and he went body, head, body, head and clipped him in the chin with an overhand right and he went down like a sack of potatoes."

McCormack, who officially won on knockout in the third round, rated the win as one of the best of his career, and credited his training with WMA for being able to handle a bigger opponent.

"A lot of the guys here I spar with are bigger guys," he said.

"You get a speed advantage [fighting someone bigger] too. He hit me hard a few times but the majority of his power punches were too slow, especially in the latter rounds when he was throwing out of desperation."