Noonan’s latest Conquest earns state title

Bathurst fighter Joel Noonan has claimed the MASA junior middleweight NSW amateur title after he beat Penrith’s Jake Rasion at the Conquest 2 competition in Orange recently.
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Noonan, who trains at High Impact Gym in Orange, was coming off his first loss in the sport a month before but avoided two in a row by taking a unanimous points decision.

“The fighter I was against [Rasion] was undefeated as well until I beat him,” Noonan said.

“It went the whole five rounds but I won by unanimous points. It was a good fight and my shins are still feeling it.”

A month earlier in Tamworth, Noonan put in an impressive showing against three-time Australian champion Brendon McLean but ultimately went down in a close decision.

While he was disappointed to lose his undefeated status, Noonan was very pleased with how competitive he was.

“He’s contested about three times the amount of fights that I have. There was barely anything in it,” the fighter said.

Conquest was the brainchild of Phil Bennett, who has some high profile contacts and wanted to bring quality fights to the Central West.

Noonan said he enjoyed being a part of them and is hopeful that the opportunity arises again.

“The Conquest event manager, Phil Bennett, lived in Thailand for a couple of years but his hometown is Wellington. He moved back there with all these contacts in Thailand and for this one he brought two of the best fighters from Thailand to take on two Aussies,” he said. “It was a big event and I got to be four fights under the main events, which was good.”

Noonan’s High Impact Gym mate Tristan Roach celebrated a win over Penrith’s Ben Kelly in their junior featherweight bout while fellow club mate Charlie Bubb drew his catchweight fight with Jayden Phillips from Parkes. Phil Tyquin went down in his bout.

Bennett is currently trying to organise two more Conquest tournaments, one in Bathurst in October and another in Orange in November. It is hoped that some big names in Muay Thai will be lured to the events.

HOW BOUT THAT: Joel Noonan with the two belts he now holds in kickboxing and Muay Thai after he won a bout at Conquest 2 in Orange recently. Photo: CASEY BAYLISS 060712noonan

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