Pocket rocket is PCYC standout

LIKE any trainer PCYC's Des Upton likes to talk up the exploits of his young team of fighters, but this weekend even he was running short of positive comment.

“We didn't have the best weekend,” he admitted.

The PCYC had fighters at both Mackay and Caloundra and unfortunately for the Rockhampton boxers, results were very similar.

The one big success was the “pocket rocket” known as Lincoln Martyn.

The youngster was one of those to go to Mackay where he met with a fighter named David Nahoow.

“Lincoln was too strong for him,” Upton enthused.

“Even I was happy with him.”

Unfortunately the rest of the story at Mackay does not make for cheerful reading.

Upton said Jay Barrett displayed his usual lively style in the opening round but was unable to make it through a second round due to what the trainer believed to be a respiratory complaint.

Jack Busby was forced to battle against the odds in his contest with Brodie O'Malley.

“Jack was giving away six or seven kilos,” Upton declared.

Although the verdict was unanimous in favour of O'Malley, Upton said Busby had fought gamely and will get back to winning ways when he is matched with a fighter his own size.

Upton believes the slump in performance by his fighters coincides with the school holiday period, with many of the young boxers slackening in their training schedule.

One who lacked his normal spark was Beau Brigg who lost his 64kg bout with Dylan Carew on a unanimous points verdict.

“Beau seemed to be a bit tentative,” Upton observed.

It was a chance to learn for Alan Cornick as the 17-year-old fighter met a more experienced opponent in Pioneer Valley's Andrew Frick, losing the contest on points.

“He could have won it,” the trainer said.

“He hurt his thumb in the second round.”

At 60kg George McLachlan has a bit of difficulty facing fighters his own age and consequently the 13-year-old met a boxer three years his senior in what Upton described as “a hard exhibition bout” against Shannon Harris.

Making a habit of missing out is Robert Walter whose fight was cancelled after his intended opponent, who was expected to double up on the card, was stopped in his earlier bout.

At Caloundra the news was no better.

Harley Broom went well in the first round against Jason Cooper but faded to lose on a unanimous verdict.

Kwang Kutah does not get on well with southern referees said Upton and that was the case again as his fight with Jay Marshall was stopped repeatedly as the fight official took exception to the youngsters style. Marshall kept his composure to win on points.

The normally dependable Lachlan Hinchliffe was stopped in the second round of his bout with Chris Copeland. “Lachlan met a very strong fighter,” Upton conceded. “Body punches got him.”

Upton will now take a squad of boxers to Roma this weekend.

“The way it's going I might only take one,” he joked.



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