Boxers go above and beyond
CENTRAL Highlands' junior boxers seemingly know no limits with six winning gold at the Sunstate Boxing League State Titles in Townsville at the weekend.
Four Blackwater PCYC boxers nailed gold, while a further two, Tristan Martin and Matt Grant from Emerald's Fighters Inc Boxing Gym, were also ranked first.
The winning efforts booked the boxers a spot on the Queensland team to compete at the National Titles in Sydney later this year.
So strong were Martin's efforts at the state meet, he was crowned the tournament's Junior Fighter of the Night.
"With every fight he just lifts," Fighters Inc Trainer Blair Wilson said.
"I think he's got just about every title in the state now."
Martin and Grant's gold medals added to club's two silver and three bronze also won on the night.
Fellow Emerald boxer Shaun Sweeny may not have had the most spectacular fight of the night but there is little doubt he had one of the toughest.
Fighting a three-time Queensland champion and two-time Australian champion from Babinda, Sweeny's contest ticked all the right boxes for his Emerald trainer.
"It was unbelievably good, especially considering how much experience this other kid had," Wilson said.
Also lining up for Fighters Inc was young-gun Aaron Sinn who wasn't about to pull any punches, not even for family.
Sinn was matched with cousin Tyson Best from Pioneer Park Gym, and gave as good he got before eventually going down on points to Best.
Irishman Steve Parry from Emerald, whose career fight record can be counted on one hand, also had a tough undertaking facing an opponent with close to 40 bouts under his belt.
But Wilson couldn't speak highly enough of Parry's courage to tackle the challenge head-on.
"He jumped in there and gave it his all," Wilson said.
Scores and results aside, Wilson said the opportunity to compete at state level would be a huge boost in confidence for his fighters.
"You can't deny a fighter a crack at the title," he said.
"We've been working hard to prepare them for this and they were all on their mark."
In the Blackwater corner Junior Lai stood out as one of their best.
Challenging Andrew Bowly from Redlynch Boxing Gym in the 63.5kg division, next to nothing separated the pair until a powerful blow by Lai in the third and final round sent Bowles to the canvas, winning Lai the contest and the gold medal.
Blackwater's Shearna Smith gave her future opponents something to ponder after yet another strong display in the 57kg Junior Female division against Cairns fighter Aisha Thompson.
"The fight started out very close, both girls wanted to lay down their authority early by standing toe-to-toe," Serio said.
"Her instructions at the break were to stand back and find her range."
Which she did and with amazing success, forcing Thompson's retirement and granting Smith the gold medal.