Mixed fortunes for Oamaru boxers

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It was weekend of mixed fortunes for Oamaru boxers at the South Island Golden Gloves Tournament held in Timaru at the weekend.

Zac Korkou, Tain Cropley and Rhys Guscott all represented the Oamaru Boxing Club at the tournament, while one of the favourites at the tournament, Haimona Huria, was unable to attend due to illness.

Oamaru Boxing Club Waitaki Warriors coach Joseph Cropley said he was proud of the effort the boys showed.

“They all performed really well and I’m pleased with how they went.”

It was a special tournament for one of the Waitaki Warriors, with Rhys Guscott competing in his professional boxing fight in the u75kg middleweight section.

“I thought Rhys did really well in his first fight, he showed plenty of promise and it allowed us to figure out what he does well and what needs work.

“He lost in a third round TKO, but that was because I as coach stopped the match, he was taking some blows and I was more worried about his health than a win.”

While Guscott suffered a first round defeat, Korkou who won the novice title last year in his u64kg light welterweight grade made it to the semifinals in the open division of his grade before losing by split decision to the eventual champion.

“Zac did really well he fought up a grade from last year against much tougher opponents and was unlucky to lose in split decision, it could have gone either way.”

Cropley was proud of Korkou because he was fighting in a grade with longer rounds.

He had to fight for three minutes each round instead of two, something he’s not that used to, but he did great.”

Tain Cropley in the u64kg youth won his division unopposed with no other fighters in his weight attending the Golden Gloves.

Meanwhile, Haimona Huria was a favourite to win a title but due to illness couldn’t attend.

“I was a bit disappointed I thought he could have won a title.”

The fighters will now prepare for the nationals later in the year.

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GOOD SHOT: Rhys Guscott (red) lands a punch in his fight against Timaru boxer Alan Ropata at the Golden Gloves in Timaru at the weekend.