Fighters back with perfect five golds
FIVE fighters, five gold medals: say no more.
Rockhampton PCYC head trainer Des Upton could not be happier with five of his young fighters after they travelled to Cairns for the State titles and returned as champions.
There were some big performances with Australian belt holder Lincoln Martyn leading the way again.
Upton said he was not overly confident the youngster could match his Palm Island opponent Nathan James as the two had met before when the PCYC troupe went to Palm Island.
“He beat Lincoln at Palm Island, but this time Lincoln dusted him up,” Upton said.
“Lincoln outboxed him.”
By the third round James knew he was gone, but eventually came out to finish the bout. It was never going to be enough, as Martyn took the gold medal in the 38kg division unanimously on points.
Harley Broom continues to have difficulty getting fights in his weight division. However, it matters little as he still goes into the ring and does the job.
With nobody to fight in the 54kg division, Broom moved up a level and met Babinda's Shane Thomas who fights at 57kg.
“He boxed well; it was the top fight of the night,” Upton said.
Broom won that fight and was offered a chance for a State belt, but Upton turned it down saying one fight was enough.
He was later to regret that decision as Thomas got the chance and he went on to become State champion.
It could be described as a mixed weekend for Kuang Kutah, but he still returned to Rockhampton with gold around his neck.
Kutah won a preliminary bout in the 63kg division against Northern Beaches boxer Michael Lees and then took gold in that division due to his opponent in the final failing to front up.
As he had no second bout, Kutah moved up in the weight divisions to fight Palm Island's Craig Desatage at 67kg.
Although Kutah went down on a split-points decision, he proved to be a crowd favourite with his clever footwork that occasionally confused his more-experienced opponent.
It was also a good night for the Hinchliffe boys.
Lachlan Hinchliffe beat a tough Townsville opponent in Jarrod Westwood, but still Upton was not completely satisfied.
“He could of done even better,” he reported. “He will have to train a bit harder if he is to do well at the Nationals at Geelong in November.”
There was no such call made about his young cousin Nat Hinchliffe who dominated his 51kg fight with Mareeba's Fabian Riley to maintain his perfect record of four wins from four outings.
Upton said he might take one boxer to Moranbah this weekend and then next week one group will head to Mackay while other PCYC fighters will compete at Caboolture.