Geraldton boxer Faycal Mechiche is WA novice welterweight champion

Victor TantiGeraldton Guardian
Faycal Mechiche after his win.
Camera IconFaycal Mechiche after his win.

Mission accomplished for boxer Faycal Mechiche after a great win to claim the WA Novice Welterweight title.

He competed for the Hurstlea Courage team, but has been training at Peacock’s Boxing Gym in Geraldton.

The fast-paced, toe-to-toe bout was held at Maddington’s Serbian Community Centre.

Mechiche weighed in at 68.8kg, while Perth’s Tommy Cowden just sneaked in under the 69kg limit.

Cowden, almost a head taller, was more physically imposing, but Mechiche made an early statement when he charged out at the first bell.

He soon landed two jabs to the head and a third to the body, and continued to press forward, avoiding Cowden’s blows and answering with clean overhand shots.

Midway through the round, Mechiche landed a lovely right and left rip to Cowden’s body.

Mechiche remained the aggressor in the second stanza with a mix of precise head and body shots, and Cowden, at times holding his opponent, also hit out.

Though busier, Cowden’s blows lacked authority, while Mechiche’s shots were mostly solid, with a superb right hand just before the bell.

Cowden sensed he was behind, and issued a barrage of punches in the third and final round.

The crowd loved it, but Mechiche slipped most of them or covered up while connecting in response.

The judges’ decision was unanimous for Mechiche, and well deserved, according to coach Jake Peacock.

“Meci fought hard,” Peacock said.

Peacock is organising another fight for Mechiche and also for promising schoolgirl featherweight Frauke Rawlings.

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