The boxing skills Jake Melksham used when he punched teammate Steven May in clash that shocked the footy world are revealed as he wins an amateur bout
- Melksham took up boxing aged 12 to improve his strength and fitness
- Had two amateur fights under trainer Bob Clare and won both bouts
- Boxing skills came to the fore when he reportedly decked Steven May on Sunday
At 193cm tall and weighing 102kg, star Melbourne defender Steven May is no pushover, but teammate Jake Melksham reportedly dropped him with a single punch when they clashed on Sunday – no doubt thanks to his time as a boxer.
Despite giving away about 16kg, the 30-year-old had no trouble putting May in his place after he allegedly told him, ‘If you had played in the granny [grand final] we would have lost,’ – hitting the fullback so hard he had to have surgery on his hand.
A video of the 30-year-old’s first amateur fight shows him displaying good defence, a slick jab and a jackhammer for a right hand as he racked up a win.
The Demons defender (left, in red) showed a lot of ability when he won his first amateur boxing bout after taking up the sport aged 12
The bout went the distance – unlike his clash with Steven May, which reportedly finished when Melksham decked the fullback
Melksham first pulled on the gloves when he was 12 years old in order to stay fit and strong, and soon discovered he had a talent for the sport.
‘I started with Bob Clare my trainer, who was my runner at the time at my local footy club,’ the Demon revealed in a video for his old club Essendon in 2012.
‘I was interested in all sports back then, particularly boxing because it got you really fit and strong.
‘Because I was such a young age, weights probably weren’t an option and I just like the speed of it.
Despite having about 16kg on his teammate, May came off second best on Sunday
According to Demons skipper Max Gawn, Melksham (pictured) and May will take ‘a couple of weeks’ to patch things up
‘Once we started sparring, that was really exciting and as I got older I enjoyed it more and more.’
Melksham had another amateur bout – also for a win – and has fond memories of the first time he fought.
‘My first one was at Wangaratta Town Hall, I think I was first on the card and I ended up winning. It was a pretty special night,’ he recalled.
Clare had no doubts his charge would be fine once the fists started flying.
‘When his first fight came up I said to Jake’s mum, “You needn’t fear about Jake, you should be worried about his opponent” – and that’s exactly how it panned out.’
From all accounts Melksham handled himself admirably on Sunday, as well – with May copping a suspension for drinking while out as a result of a concussion and from all accounts being the instigator in the clash.
On Wednesday, Demons skipper Max Gawn said the pair will patch things up after making national headlines with their stoush.
‘I’ve got no doubt and Melky and Maysy have worked it out and are working now, but it’s probably not an overnight thing.
‘They had an altercation. It probably will go on for a couple of weeks making sure they mend that friendship.’