Hinchcliffe ready for tournament
ROCKHAMPTON PCYC boxer Lachlan Hinchliffe will have to go the distance.
The talented Hinchliffe and six of his fellow club boxers head to Blackwater today for the Blackwater PCYC Boxing tournament, with Hinchliffe expected to be tested.
Of the seven fighters, Hinchliffe, who won the fight of the night at the Rockhampton PCYC tournament a fortnight ago, will have a tough time in the ring tonight when he takes on Palm Island boxer Luke Lenoy in the 75kg weight division.
The two boxers have not faced each other before but Rockhampton PCYC trainer Des Upton is confident that if his fighter is at his best then he will take the bout.
An Australian title holder in the 71kg division, Lenoy steps up to take on Hinchliffe, himself an Australian title holder in the 75kg division.
While he has made the jump up a weight division, Rockhampton PCYC boxing coach Des Upton said the talented Lenoy wasn't giving away any weight in this contest.
Joining Hinchliffe on the card is cousin Nat Hinchliffe, who Upton believes will have the toughest battle of the night when he faces a fearsome competitor in Darren Schuber.
Nat carries an impressive record into the bout having lost only the one fight in about 20 starts, but will face a boxer in Schuber who boasts a similar fight record.
The trainer expects Hinchliffe and Schuber to put on a great display which will probably be the fight of the night.
Upton said a couple of the Rockhampton boxers would face off against some of Emerald's top young talents.
In his first fight after an extended break, Brodie Ahwong faces Emerald fighter Aaron Hunt, while Jay Barrett meets another Emerald fighter in Aaron Sinn.
Upton said he knew little about his fighters' opponents but both should go well. However, he did admit to a concern over Barrett as he failed to train during the week.
Travelling with the quartet is Alan Thomas, Brandon Sigler and Lincoln Martin who Upton said are assured fights.
However they won't know who they are matched against until they reach Blackwater.