Two Oamaru boxers came out on top in their bouts at a tournament held in Christchurch at the weekend.
Tain Cropley and Haimona Huria, of the Oamaru Boxing Club, both managed to win their respective fights.
Oamaru Boxing coach Joseph Cropley was pleased with efforts of the two fighters.
“Both boxers fought well and I’m pleased with how they went,” he said.
Tain Cropley, who was fighting in the light welterweight division, came up against Sean Kelly from the Papanui Boxing Club.
“It was a tough fight for Tain, but he used fast hands, combinations and sharp jabs to gain the win against a much older opponent who had been boxing for far longer,” Cropley said.
“I was impressed with his determination and the way he fought.”
What made the win even more special was the fact it was Cropley’s first fight since September last year.
Huria was the other Oamaru fighter to compete and produced a dominant performance to win his bout against Kyle Wilson, of Christchurch.
They fought in the heavyweight division, with Huria getting one over the current South Island Novice Golden Golden Gloves champion.
His opponent was floored by some strong punches from Huria, which resulted in two stand eight counts.
“I was extremely happy with Haimona’s performance,” Cropley said.
“With so many things against him – crowd, tough opponent – he kept his composure and took control of the fight.”
Cropley said Huria handled himself well.
“He silenced the crowd, which shows how good he really is in the ring.”
Next up for the fighters is a tournament in August and the Canterbury champs in September, which will be used as an ideal lead-up to the national championships in October.
By BRAYDEN LINDSAY
WINNERS: Tain Cropley and Haimona Huria with their medals following impressive wins at a tournament in Christchurch over the weekend.