Korkou down but not out

SHARE

Zac KorKou’s dream of a national title came to end in the second round via technical knockout in his semi-final bout against national champion and Commonwealth Games competitor Leroy Hindley at the New Zealand National Boxing Championships in Queenstown on Thursday evening.

Hindley was dominant from the outset with accurate punching preventing the Oamaru fighter from asserting himself on the contest.

“Leroy Hindley came out strong from the outset and did not give Zac the opportunity to fight,” said Korkou’s coach, Joe Cropley.

“His experience, skills and clinical precision were just too much to handle. The level of skill between the two was too far apart, not just for Zac, but for all the NZ Team bouts.”

Cropley said he was proud of the light welterweight’s performance against strong competition and is now looking ahead to building on the 25-year-old’s experience next year.

“Zac performed well, considering the high calibre of his opponent,” he said.

“I was impressed by his will to even get in the ring against a Commonwealth Games and defending National Champion boxer. Much respect to Leroy Hindley, his coaching team and his family.

“Zac will still be competing and is hoping to gain much more experience by having as many fights as possible next year.”

Cropley said he will continue to focus on the progression of the local fighter and reflected positively on the experience.

“After being at this tournament and speaking to a couple of other trainers and fighters, I believe that we need to have more development camps to try and close the gap between the elite competitors and the majority. We need to lift the skill level a bit more,” he said.

“I want to thank Stewart Mitchell and the Otago Boxing Association for a well-run tournament and for the experience that this week has given us. Also, a huge thank you to all our supporters and sponsors in Oamaru, especially Soul Surf and Skate, Sally Donnelly and Cameron Charteris.”

By JAMES FORD

PHOTO: SUPPLIED – Leroy Hindley and Zac Korkou following their semi-final bout.