Young guns get the backing
TALENTED fighters Nat Hinchliffe and Harley Broom can now look at having a bit of muscle behind efforts to progress in their sport.
The pair have done the hard work in training, but when the titles they are aiming to win are held in Tasmania, costs are high.
Enter Glenn Power of the CFMEU (Construction, Forestry, Mining & Energy Union) to offer a little financial assistance.
"We are glad to help out and provide assistance in the community," Power said.
"It is good to be able to help these two young blokes and recognise the efforts of Des (Upton, PCYC trainer and his team) with them.
"We are happy to assist with what they are trying to achieve."
Power said as the union's district vice-president he operates throughout the central region.
The National Titles are under the ABA banner and offer the winners of the various weight divisions a huge incentive.
Upton believes Hinchliffe stands a very good chance of doing well in the 64kg division and possibly even make selection in the Australian team for the Junior World Titles.
"He's a pretty strong kid," he said.
"He's got a bit of ticker too and is a good trainer."
The fight record of the 16-year-old is pretty impressive as he has just one loss from his 24 fights.
"The bloke that beat him was a lot heavier and went on to win junior fighter of the year," Upton said.
For Broom it is going to be a lot tougher to progress, as in his division there are some very experienced opponents.
One of the fighters in the division has already appeared at a Commonwealth Games.
If the contests are decided on technique alone then Broom will score highly, as he is very straight in his stance and produces swift jabs that carry a bit of sting.
Both Broom and Hinchliffe have been adding to their training workload over the past few weeks and should be in peak condition for the titles.
"They went to Gladstone on two nights last week," Upton said.
In Gladstone the pair worked with top trainer Mick Daly who is taking a party of fighters to Tasmania.
Hinchliffe and Broom leave Rockhampton on Sunday for Gladstone before flying to Tasmania, via Brisbane next Monday.
The National Titles begin next Tuesday.
If successful the pair will continue throughout the week, and hopefully into the finals.