Albion boxer, 16, fights hard in split-decision defeat
BATAVIA – Nick Platt fought the best fight of his amateur career tonight in Batavia, scoring several knockdowns in an amateur bout in Batavia.
Nick, 16, of Albion lost in a split-decision to Cody Burry of Batavia. But Nick showed he can take a punch – and a kick – to the face and body, while inflicting a lot of punishment.
One of the judges gave the win to Nick, but two awarded the fight to Cody, giving the Batavia boxer the win. Nick and his father, Doug Platt, were enthusiastic after the bout, even with Nick’s bloody nose.
“It was by far his best fight,” said Doug Platt, who is also Nick’s coach. “He was aggressive and he worked in a lot of combinations.”
Nick debuted in the ring in September with a loss, but he won last week in Jamestown. His bout against Burry was one of nine fights on the card in Batavia at the Clarion.
Nick has shed more than 50 pounds in the past year since he started training and boxing at the Charisma Boxing Cub at Phoenix Fitness in Albion.
This was the first boxing match I’ve ever seen in person. It seems far more brutal in person than on TV. You can hear the thud of the kicks and punches.
The rounds last 2 minutes and it feels like a long time, especially when you’re close to the action.
Nick took a hard kick to the nose in the fight’s early seconds. He kept going and I thought he controlled the pace of most of the fight. His father says Nick uses “relentless pressure” to wear down his opponents. I thought Nick won this fight on the strength of at least five knockdowns. But Cody Burry from Batavia was no slouch.
Burry fights with Ellwyn Roberts gym in Attica. Roberts was the organizer of the “Battle of Batavia,” which attracted about 300 people to the Clarion.
Nick entered the ring to the song “Break Stuff” by Limp Bizkit. he prefers country music but he didn’t think that was the best intro for a kickboxing match.
Nick had a swollen nose after the three-round fight. He said he felt great and would get out for a morning run tomorrow.
The event was supposed to include 10 fights, but one of the fighters backed out. Doug Platt said it takes a lot of courage to get in the ring, especially in front of so many people.
“Anyone can do it if you put your mind to it,” Nick said. “The main thing is you’re going in, win or lose.”