Nat's streak of boxing gold
HE'S not ready for a showdown with Danny Green, but young Rockhampton PCYC boxer Nat Hinchliffe is more than a match for any of the competitors he has met in his short boxing career.
Hinchliffe was one of five boxers from the club who travelled to Victoria last week for the National Titles, but he was the only one to return wearing gold.
Fighting in the 51kg division, Hinchliffe was up against young Victorian Matt McEwan, but was far too good, bringing his fight record to nine wins from nine bouts.
“Nat is a polished little fighter,” veteran PCYC trainer Des Upton acknowledged.
“He outboxed and outhit the other bloke.”
Upton is expecting great things from young Hinchliffe in future years as he has the style and determination to be highly successful in the sport.
For various reasons the others who made the trip returned with a less successful record.
Upton’s “Kid Dynamite”, Lincoln Martyn, faced an uphill task when he met Tasmanian Jack Seabourne.
Martyn can handle himself against the best in the 38kg division and has won the titles to prove it.
The youngster has even stepped up to the 41kg division with success.
However, with the prospect of not gaining a contest at the Nationals, Martyn stepped up to take on Seabourne in the 44.5kg division, and giving away almost seven kilogram proved to be too much even for the big-hearted Rockhampton fighter.
“He fought well,” Upton said.
“Lincoln put on a good show, but the other fellow was able to walk through him.”
The reason for the lack of fighters in Martyn’s weight division is an age restriction on competitive boxing in both New South Wales and Victoria.
Harley Broom was close to winning gold, but tired during the second half of his contest with Queensland’s Jason Cooper.
“He won the first two rounds,” Upton said.
Nevertheless the judges were divided in their marking with Cooper winning by a slender margin.
“They’ve fought once before and Cooper beat him,” Upton said.
“Harley will have to train a little harder; this was a wake-up call.
“It’s a hard game and you need to be dedicated.”
The normally dependable Lachlan Hinchliffe, cousin of Nat Hinchliffe, had a tournament he would prefer to forget, going down to a New South Wales boxer.
“Lachlan did not fight well at all,” Upton confirmed.
The same could not be said of Kuany Kutah although, unfortunately, the outcome was similar.
Fighting Ty Gilchrist in the 63.5kg division there was very little between the pair with the judges awarding the contest to Gilchrist on a split decision.
“There was nothing in the fight,” Upton recalled. “Kuany is still inexperienced, but he’s a beautiful boxer once he gets going.”
Upton said his boxing team would rest over the festive season before training begins once more early in the new year.