Jason Corbo showed he is a big-time performer on the weekend.
The Shepparton boxer responded from being knocked down in the opening round in an amateur title fight in Melbourne to be announced as the winner in the second.
The turnaround at Doncaster Shopping Town was immense as Corbo, 28, produced a sensational knockout of his opponent in the second round to hold up the first trophy of his career.
Corbo’s trainer Keith Mark said he could not have been happier for the chef, who works at Cellar 47.
‘‘He’s been at the gym for a while now and he went great on the big occasion,’’ Mark said.
‘‘You watch him in the gym and he’s not the best trainer, but you get those guys who are not good gym workers and then they really fire up in competition.
‘‘Jason is one of those guys.
‘‘He’d never won a trophy before, so I was rapt to see his face after it and how happy he was.’’
Mark said he was looking at getting Corbo another fight this month in Lilydale before he gets in the ring at the ‘Left Jab at the Showgrounds’ this year.
Tickets are selling well for one of the biggest nights in Shepparton’s boxing history on November 18.
The amateur boxing carnival will take place at the Shepparton Showgrounds, starting at 6pm and running until 1am.
The event won’t just be about boxing, but include entertainment and music in a professional atmosphere.
Mark is bringing in the best and biggest names in the business, including greats such as Barry Michael, Lester Ellis, Graeme ‘‘Porky’’ Brooke and current women’s world featherweight champion, Susie ‘‘Q’’ Ramadan.
Shepparton has not experienced a boxing event such as this since the 1960s and Mark believes the sport can return to its glory days in this region.
For more information, phone Julie on 58215677 or go to the office at Shepparton Showgrounds.