The future of boxing
ARE Rockhampton's Nat Hinchliffe and Harley Broom future golden boys of boxing?
The duo has returned to Rockhampton with gold medals from the Australian Amateur Boxing titles held in Brisbane over the weekend.
Hinchliffe, 16, fought in the 64kg weight division and won his fight impressing veteran trainer Des Upton.
"Nat is really good. He is a strong boy and he has only ever lost one of his 25 fights," Upton said yesterday.
Broom, 19, won his fight against Palm Island's Denis Haynes in the 56kg weight division.
Upton said Broom fought well considering he had to drop a kilo in order to make the 56kg division.
"Broom is like a broomstick," Upton joked.
"He is a good kid, he puts absolutely everything into it," he said.
Hinchliffe and Broom are set to head to the Australian titles in February.
Four of Broom and Hinchliffe's fellow Rockhampton PCYC fighters on Saturday left to compete in the Emerald Fighters boxing tournament over the weekend.
The final tournament for the year saw Billy Evans, Allen Thomas, Bryden Sheridan and Michael Lynch all return home victorious.
"It was Michael's second and Bryden's third fight for the year. They both did really well," Upton said.
Meanwhile, Blackwater PCYC boxers also competed at Emerald over the weekend with Liam Solinas and Cameron and Brody Scales all weighing in on the day.
Solinas was the first into the ring in the 51kg division, but it was his opponent Ben Mulvahil from the CQMMA Club in Rockhampton whose fitness proved the difference as he beat Solinas in a split points decision.
Cameron Scales used his reach advantage to came out on top winning his first fight against Blake Verzelletti from Emerald.
The final Blackwater fighter into the ring was Brodie Scales who stepped up to the Intermediate division coming up against Matt McLeod from the CWMMA Club. Scales defeated McLeod in a split points decision.
Trainers of both Blackwater and Rockhampton fighters were pleased with how the boxers finished the year off, and were looking forward to a couple of months break before kicking off the 2012 season.