Blackwater boxers miss out on gold

THERE were good performances but no gold medals for Blackwater boxers at a state title meeting at Maroochydore over the weekend.

Both Hayden Taylor and Corey Higgins fought in the final for their weight division, but met experienced opponents.

Blackwater trainers Joel Hopes and Sam Serio were delighted with the condition of their fighters going into the titles as both young fighters had put in extra work to increase their potential.

In the 57kg sub-junior division, Taylor was against Curtis Cobbo-Riley, but despite limiting his opponent’s scoring punches, the Blackwater boy was unable to make his own attacks count and lost the contest on points.

Higgins’s opponent in the junior 60kg final was a bronze medalist from the Junior World Championships and a boxer with almost 40 fights behind him compared to Higgins previously having six bouts.

The Blackwater boy stuck to his task, but late in the third round the referee called the fight to a close in Cobbo-Riley’s favour.

Former Blackwater boxer Justin Serio achieved a better result in the 81kg division, coming back to win on points after being sent to the canvas in the opening round.

  • Ten of the Rockhampton PCYC boxers were also in action at Lowood and returned with results favouring them. When it comes to results there is nobody locally who can touch Nat Hinchliffe.

On Saturday he made it eight wins from eight bouts as he took Nambour boxer Jeriha Chilly apart.

It was a good hit-out for Hinchliffe as he will be one of five PCYC fighters heading to Geelong at the end of the month for the national titles.

“Nat is a quality fighter and that was his hardest fight yet,” PCYC head trainer Des Upton said.

The veteran trainer didn’t travel with the team this time, leaving it to Clayton Broom and Paul Hinchliffe to prepare the fighters.

Reaf Simpson was a bit under the weather for his fight against Jake McKillop and was stopped in the second round of a contest he would have been expected to win.

Jack Busby continues to improve and in his fight against Connor Jones he showed no mercy.

“Jack’s coming out of his shell,” Upton said.

“He really took it to this bloke, had him going everywhere.”

Kuang Kutah stepped up a division in weight and also fight time for his contest with Brisbane’s Aaron Phillips.

Upton said it was a 67kg title fight and reckons despite the defeat Kutah will go well at the nationals in his own 63.5kg division.

Harley Broom needed some ring time before the nationals, but was part of a mis-match, going the distance against Warwick fighter Kayden Cockrell, who weighed nine kilos heavier, and losing to a unanimous verdict.

Beau “The Dancing Man” Briggs was at his best to win a belt.

In his 71kg Australian title fight against Jack Kellingdeck of Alice Springs, Briggs lived up to his name and danced around his opponent, picking him off.

Jesse Bray continues to improve, but was unable to match Brodie McDonald, losing on a unanimous verdict.

Lincoln Martyn lost his Australian title in the 38kg division recently, but at the weekend stepped up to the 41kg weight and triumphed.

Martyn beat Cody Hemmingsen and the tiny battler just did enough to impress the judges to take the Australian Title for the division, winning on a split decision.

Fighting in the 63.5kg division, Jed Ariens was too good for Tannum Sands boxer Anthony Hill.

Final winner of the night was Lachlan Hinchliffe in a return bout with Fred Pabai.

“Lachlan beat him real easy,” Upton said.

Hinchliffe has always shown natural talent.

The national titles are at Geelong on November 26, 27 and 28.

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