Katie Defraine wins gold medal and Australian Junior Flyweight title at Australian League Boxing Championships

AUSSIE CHAMP: Katie Defraine celebrates her gold medal victory with coach Danny Cheetham. Photo: supplied.

AUSSIE CHAMP: Katie Defraine celebrates her gold medal victory with coach Danny Cheetham. Photo: supplied.

She may have only recently taken up the sport, but Moree's Katie Defraine is already making waves in the world of boxing, after she won a gold medal at the Australian League Boxing Championships last week.

In just her second bout of her career, 16-year-old Defraine took on Newcastle's Jessica Leask and won all three rounds on the way to a win with a unanimous points decision on November 29 at the Croatian Club in Punchbowl.

"It was just fantastic," coach Danny Cheetham said.

"For her to be able to do that, pull that out after one fight and the fact that she had done everything that was asked of her.

"She showed up for every training session, never complained, followed instructions.

"She really is a joy to train and we're lucky to have such a gifted young lady in Moree."

Defraine was just one of two boxers in her division as she advanced straight through to the final against Leask, a more experienced boxer who had four fights to her name prior to the Australian championships.

With female boxing still a relatively new sport, there weren't many opponents for Defraine to face in the lead-up to the bout.

She won her first bout at Boxing in the Bush 2 back in October, but Cheetham knew they had to prepare a little differently.

"I had to develop her a bit differently using exhibition bouts and travelling to sparring camps," he said.

"We attended a sparring camp in Umina, two sparring camps in Dubbo and one sparring camp on the Central Coast as part of Katie's preparation for the Australian titles, all the while sparring bigger and more experienced opponents."

Cheetham and Defraine were able to acquire footage of their opponent on social media which they were able to study leading up to the fight.

"We knew that Katie was taller so we hatched a plan to utilise Katie's long arms and keep Jessica at a distance because we knew that if Jessica was able to get in close, she was a tremendous body puncher from the footage we'd seen," Cheetham said.

"Katie went out and executed the plan to a tee...capturing the gold medal and the Australian Junior Flyweight title."

Cheetham said the benefit of being able to study footage of Leask was "instrumental" in the win.

"We are always very cautious of putting too much on social media so people can study us," he said.

"So I think it was instrumental in us going into the fight with a different fight plan that we knew we could perfect and Katie went out and just carried the instructions to perfection."

Defraine will now look ahead to another fight in Bathurst on December 14, where she will go up a weight division and take on local boxer Billie Ryan for the Central West Featherweight title.