Five boxers off to state titles
NAT Hinchliffe has the perfect fight statistics but now it is up to the young boxer to extend that record into the State titles.
Rockhampton PCYC trainer Des Upton said he would probably take five fighters to Gordonvale, just south of Cairns, where the Australian Amateur Boxing State Titles are being held, starting Friday.
“Nat hasn't got a lot of experience but I think he will go well,” Upton said.
The 14-year-old has impressed Upton with both his style and his attitude.
“Nat is a good trainer, especially now the football season is over,” Upton added.
Having won all his four fights, Upton expects Hinchliffe to perform well against boxers who will be mainly from the north of the State.
“The ones he has fought so far have been from the south,” the trainer confirmed.
Upton said he would have to make a few final checks on Hinchliffe but expects him to compete in the 48kg division.
“I'll check him out but he's just a little bit over at present.”
The impressive Harley Broom fights in the under-19 year section at these titles as he has recently moved into the seniors having celebrated a 17th birthday.
Moving up an age-group won't phase Broom as in his most recent contest he defeated a 30-year-old boxer.
The 54kg division, however, will assist the Rockhampton boxer.
“He's been fighting blokes over his weight all year,” Upton admitted.
Moving up to the “senior” level will require Broom to lift as he now has a lengthier bout.
“The hard part is he'll have four two-minute rounds,” he said.
One of the more talented fighters in the older group is Lachlan Hinchliffe, Nat's cousin.
Unfortunately Hinchliffe backs his natural talent over the hard work involved in fight preparation and Upton is worried that might backfire when he contests the 75kg division.
“The four by two-minute rounds are going to test him,” he said.
“But if he paces himself he should be all right as long as he doesn't knock up.”
Lincoln Martyn will be trying to add a State title to the national one he won recently.
Fighting in the under-14 year, 38kg division, Martyn relies on scoring with straight jabs rather than hurting an opponent with a big hit.
“He's a tidy boxer but has not got much power in his punch at the moment,” Upton observed.
Boxing, however, is about the art of directing punches to a target and Martyn is good at accumulating points during a bout.
The record of Kwang Kutah would not strike fear in the heart of any opponent but Upton believes the young boxer is far better than that.
“If he settles, and just boxes, he will go well as he has quick hands and fast feet,” the trainer declared.
“He just switches off when he gets the gloves on.”
Upton said he was yet to make a decision on whether Neerum Peters would be a part of the party for the championship which will be held over Friday and Saturday.