The Oamaru Boxing Club can boast a South Island champion in the form of Carn Parata.
Parata was crowned novice under-81kg champion at the recent South Island novice championships at the Woolston Bowling Pavilion in Christchurch.
Joining him from the Oamaru club were Matt Ludemann and Zac Schofield, who also put in some strong performances.
Parata booked his spot in the final of his section after a win via unanimous decision over Shane Turner, of the Burnham Boxing Club, a performance Oamaru Boxing Club coach Joseph Cropley said was impressive against a “very tough and awkward style of fighter”.
“I was extremely impressed with Carn’s composure and the way he controlled the fight. He picked his shots well and gave his opponent a standing eight-count with a flurry of heavy-hitting shots.
“He definitely fought smart and deserved to advance to the final.”
That final was against Wezley Weale, representing Fight Science Queenstown.
Parata won by split decision to be crowed champion, the third time a fighter from the Oamaru club has lifted the title.
“His fight was awesome to watch. Wezley was a very technical and astute fighter who punched constantly but Carn replied with constant go-forward, big hits and well executed combinations.
“I was extremely happy with his performance as he left everything in the ring and I could tell that he wanted the title by the way he was fighting.
“It was a close bout and could have gone either way so we were both humbled with the result.”
Earlier, Schofield won his junior under-57kg semifinal bout against Zac Chee, of Warrior Warrens Boxing Gym Blenheim, by unanimous decision.
However, he was unable to repeat the result in his final, losing to Rangiora Boxing’s Sam Allison via split decision.
“I was so proud of Zac’s performance in his final and really thought the decision would go his way,” Cropley said.
“He fought so well, throwing hard punches and combinations, using his footwork and head movement to his advantage. He even knocked his opponent down in the first round, which got the crowd amped up a bit.
“In saying that, Sam put up an excellent comeback and showed a lot of heart so we were happy with the result.”
Schofield was later awarded the trophy for best junior runner-up at the championships.
Ludemann was unable to pick up a win in his elite under-81kg semifinal bout, his championship debut.
The fight went to Fight Science Queenstown’s Noah Pierssene via points decision.
Meanwhile, Troy Black made his debut over the weekend at a tournament in Gore.
Competing in the youth under-60kg division, Black defeated Invercargill’s Jayden Pearsey via split decision.