Boxers impress despite losses

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Two Oamaru boxers suffered losses to New Zealand champions while another boxer won their title unopposed at the Canterbury Champs in Christchurch at the weekend.

The boxers were part of the successful Otago side that defeated their Canterbury rivals.

Oamaru Boxing Club coach Joseph Cropley was pleased with the efforts of his boxers.

“They held their own and fought really well. They both lost, but had people standing up and taking notice of them – opposition coaches, fighters and referees – and they were all really impressed with what they saw.”

Chontelle Watson never got the chance to take to the ring in what would have been her first fight since the Portside Punch, and won her title unopposed. There were no opponents for her in the Elite novice female welterweight division.

Cropley said it was still good she was there.

“Unfortunately Chontelle never got to fight, but she got to experience what the competitions were like and I know she took a lot out of it. It was a great learning curve for her.”

Haimona Huria was the first of the Oamaru fighters up, and he held his own against a talented Glen Cotton, who is also a New Zealand title holder.

“He did very well and held his own against his opponent, who had fought in a lot more fights than he had.”

Zac Korkou, who is the Oamaru Boxing Club’s most experienced fighter, was competing in the Elite Open light welterweight male division.

He was up against the New Zealand title holder in his division Cornelius Grobler, and coach Joseph Cropley praised his performance.

“Zac fought really well and was up against a quality opponent.”

Korkou has been selected for the Otago regional team to compete at the nationals in Queenstown, while Cropley has been selected as the team’s assistant coach.

“I was really surprised when they asked me to be assistant coach.”

He hopes to have fights lined up for Watson and Huria after the Queenstown tournament.

By BRAYDEN LINDSAY

PHOTO: BRAYDEN LINDSAY

COMPETED: Zac Korkou, Chontelle Watson and Haimona Huria took part in the Canterbury Boxing Champs at the weekend.