Katie Defraine defeats Billie Ryan to win Central West Featherweight title

NEW CHAMP: Katie Defraine celebrates her brand new Central West Featherweight title. Photo: supplied.

NEW CHAMP: Katie Defraine celebrates her brand new Central West Featherweight title. Photo: supplied.

Moree boxer Katie Defraine has continue her stunning recent form, winning the Central West Featherweight Title in Bathurst on Saturday, December 14.

Just 15 days after she won a gold medal at the Australian League Boxing Championships, Defraine made the trip down south to take on local boxer Billie Ryan over four two-minute rounds.

She won every round and was awarded a unanimous points decision and became the brand new holder of the previously vacant belt.

Coach Danny Cheetham knew it was going to be a tough bout for Defraine, as her opponent had a strong following in her home town, but he was confident she could get the job done.

"It was very good for Katie's development to go into the lion's den, so to speak, and fight someone in their home town in front of a very vocal home crowd," Cheetham said.

"It was good for her development to concentrate on what's happening inside the ring and block out all other distractions."

Not only did the 16-year-old boxer go up a weight division for the bout, but she was also taking on an opponent who was five years her senior.

Cheetham said he had done his homework on Ryan and knew her style of fighting would be suited to Defraine's straight punching.

"The other girl was a wild swinger, a bigger puncher. Katie was just too straight and too focused," he said.

"Katie's technique was far superior to her opponent who tried to load up big bombs and intimidate Katie but Katie was stable, she stayed calm under pressure and delivered good, straight punches and the scoring blows."

Billie Ryan (left) and Katie Defraine (right) at the weigh-in prior to the title fight. Photo: supplied.

Billie Ryan (left) and Katie Defraine (right) at the weigh-in prior to the title fight. Photo: supplied.

Cheetham said it was a "tremendous" feeling for Defraine to come away with another big win.

"It was a long drive home from Bathurst but it makes it all worthwhile when you've got that belt," he said.

"It caps off tremendous year for the Moree Boxing Academy where Katie captured the Australian title and the Central West title.

Cheetham said they'll all have a break now over the Christmas period, but will be targeting a few boxers to represent Country in a City versus Country showdown in March.

"Moree Boxing Academy would like to thank everyone who has supported us throughout the year, whether it's through sponsorship or supporting our tournaments," he said.

"In particular, we'd like to thank the Moree Services Club for working with us to put on some great shows through the year and all the parents and committee members that have worked so hard to make it a successful year."