Classy Callum Peters takes home silver in a showstopping bout
SASI boxer Callum Peters has gone down to Scotland’s Sam Hickey in a split decision during the middleweight gold medal decider.
The 19-year-old was the youngest member of the boxing team and one of ten Indigenous athletes on Australia’s roster – a record for the Birmingham team.
The Barossa-born fighter found solace in his defeat adding a Commonwealth Games silver medal to his repertoire.
Being Peters’ first senior international tournament, it was an epic battle from start to finish.
The rollercoaster contest was arguably one of the best fights seen at the Games, with it being too hard to call for the entirety of the match.
The youngster dominated the final round landing plenty of clean shots on his rival, which perplexed spectators when he was ultimately named runner up.
The fight ended in a controversial split decision 29-28 x3 and 28-29 x2, with majority judges agreeing that Peters had won the third round.
Despite Hickey receiving multiple warnings about using his head liberally during the fight, it was a points difference leaving him victorious.
Peters showed great sportsmanship amidst defeat congratulating his opponent with a warm embrace post-fight.
“The last round, I thought I won, but stuff happens,” said Peters.
“I got a few headbutts throughout the rounds, surprised he didn’t get told off. But it’s my first international, I’m young, 19. Got a couple of elbows on the neck – but you have to learn from it, mate.
“But at least I came and showed everyone who I was, and I’m very excited for the future.
“Going pro’s definitely a possibility, but later down the track. Another Comm Games would be good – get that Comm Games gold back! Definitely, I can win these tournaments.”
The teenager added another medal to Australia’s growing tally in the closing days of the Games, with five medals being won in the boxing arena.
If the faceoff against the Scotsman is anything to show for what Callum Peters can do, he is in for exciting career in the ring and is one to keep an eye on.