Boxers Bradley, Whale Fall Short in Tough FightsBy Brendan Bellew
The boxing club began its fifth season of intercollegiate competition on Saturday in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania. Mac Whale G and Michael Bradley G represented MIT at the 17th Annual Lock Haven University Boxing Show.
In addition to MIT and the host school, the United States Naval Academy, Virginia Military Institute, and Pennsylvania State, Kentucky, Westfield State, Duke, and Buffalo Universities were represented at the National College Boxing Association show.
Whale, a welterweight, led the charge for the Beavers. Fighting in his first inter-collegiate bout, Whale was matched with Matt Arentz from boxing powerhouse Penn State. Arentz had the upper hand during the first round, and Whale was forced to take a standing eight count after Arentz landed a solid left to the solar plexus.
Despite that setback, Whale gained confidence as the bout progressed. Following the advice of his coach, Colonel Kandiah, Whale started the last round by following feint left jabs with hard rights to the face three times. He followed up with a flurry of body blows which left his opponent groaning audibly. But Arentz won by a controversial decision that outraged the audience.
Bradley, a light-middleweight, was matched with Shane Stille, who is a member of the Naval ROTC at VMI. Bradley charged his opponent right after the opening bell and landed a straight left to his opponent's forehead.
The 6'-2" Bradley, took advantage of his greater reach throughout the rest of the match to deliver many more left jabs while keeping his opponent too far away to strike back.
In the last round, Bradley seemed to tire. Stille got close to Bradley, where his shorter stockier build was an advantage, and took the bout by a close decision.
After the fights, Coach Kandiah commended the two boxers for their exemplary technique, although he admonished Whale for failing to "put his opponent away" during the third round and chastened Bradley for letting his fatigue show.
Coach Kandiah is former Bantamweight Champion of Sri Lanka and former coach of the Sri Lankan National Boxing Team.