Kempsey boxer Darm Phakphai wins state title

Darm PhakPhai after winning the fight of the night at Laurieton.

Darm PhakPhai after winning the fight of the night at Laurieton.

Kempsey’s Darm Phakphai earned the NSW Youth State Titles in the 69kg division, defeating two opponents by point decision.

He defeated Kadeem Frater in a unanimous points decision and before requiring a split decision result against Antonio Labbobetar to claim the title the next night.

However, Phakphai’s aspirations to compete at next year’s Common Wealth games started after a strong showing against an experienced 23-year-old figher at the Laurieton Hotel a fortnight earlier.

Phakphai dropped to 64kg for the bout and out boxed his opponent, earning the victory and claiming the Fighter of the Night honours.

The win built a desire within him to train hard and aim high.

“It has given me motivation to see how far I can go with amateur boxing,” Phakphai said.

“Hopefully I can continue to get better and make a name for myself.”

The 17-year-old trains five nights a week and said his dream is to represent Australia at a national level.

“It would be awesome to wear the green and gold and compete against the best in the world,” PhakPhai said.