Australian belts on rising boxers
THE belts keep coming for Rockhampton PCYC boxers with Beau Briggs and Lincoln Martyn collecting Australian Titles.
Success came for the pair last weekend when they travelled to Lowood.
For the diminutive Martyn, collecting a title was not a new experience as earlier this year he won an Australian Title in the 38kg division only to lose it in his first defence.
“Lincoln will win it back,” PCYC head trainer Des Upton predicted.
In the meantime, the Emmaus College student has settled for another title, moving up a weight division to beat Cody Hemmingsen for the 41kg title.
Upton is very pleased with the progress of the 13-year old.
“He is going to be hard to beat when he is a 15-16 year old,” he affirmed.
Martyn will be one of five PCYC boxers off to Geelong for the Nationals later this month.
While Martyn is not a newcomer to winning an Australian title, the same could not be said for Beau Briggs.
Briggs has been one of the gym’s big improvers over the year and on Saturday earned his reward when he dismantled the fight plan of Alice Springs boxer Jack Kellingdeck to win on a unanimous verdict.
The 15-year-old has earned himself a ring nickname of the “Dancing Man” from Upton and The Cathedral College student lived up to his title to confuse the Alice Springs fighter.
Still a novice after just six fights, Briggs shows a lot of promise for a good future in the pugilistic sport.
“He’s only been with us a year,” Upton said.
“But he has improved out of sight.”
Briggs fights in the 67kg division, but for a big lad Upton said he belies his size.
“He goes real well, he’s very quick for a big fella,” he added.
Being fast is an advantage, but it is the style shown by Briggs that Upton likes.
“Beau is nice and straight,” he said.