Hopes has winning moves
NOTHING has changed for ex-Blackwater boy Lachlan Hopes bar his postal address as the young boxer won his first fight of the year.
Lachlan made his debut for Bells Boxing Club in Moranbah, and travelled to Townsville where he beat Mackay Northern Beach's Ty Buchanan.
The 13-year-old and his family moved to Moranbah over Christmas where his father and former Blackwater boxer and coach Joel acquired work.
"Lachlan won his bout unanimously and boxed well, landing some good right hand blows," Joel said.
"It was his first fight since the moved so it's good to see it hasn't affected him.
"He moved well in the ring and by the end of the fight had really found his distance and scored some solid straight punches.
"Lachlan was happy to get the win as it was a good leap up fight for the state selection trials coming up.
"If he wins he will represent Queensland at the Australian Titles on the Gold Coast in May."
Joel said the move north to Moranbah had thus far been a kind one.
"I help out at Bells Boxing Gym where Chris Bell is the head coach," he said.
"The Bell family are a champion boxing family from New Zealand and have been very supporting to Lachlan and I.
"The community has been so welcoming for my family too. The kids are settling in well at school and everyone is happy."
Bell fought Palm Island boxer Chris Evans who went toe-to-toe for three rounds before Evans won on a close decision.
Perkins made his ring debut against Townsville local Richard Voute and won his bout unanimously.
Perkins put an eight count on his opponent in the first round and dominated the bout.
Both Lachlan and Charlie are putting in the hard yards at training ahead of the state selection trials starting this Friday.