Queenstown boxers punched above their weight at a tournament
on Saturday featuring the cream of Wakatipu and national
The Rising, a 13-bout tournament promoted by Fight Science
Amateur Club head coach Stewart Mitchell, attracted about 400
fans to the Queenstown Events Centre.
Mitchell staged the event to help generate interest in the
national amateur championships, which will be held at the
same venue in October, and to help develop his fighters.
Four of Mitchell's five boxers on the card won their bouts.
Reigning South Island and North Island Golden Gloves light
heavyweight Sam Connely beat Dunedin's Sam Beck in a close
bout, which drew a standing ovation.
Connely also received the ''Fighter of the Tournament''
award, a jade necklace.
Wakatipu novice middleweight Petr Zlamalik beat Christchurch
middleweight Richard Robinson in a split decision.
Novice light welterweight Richie Hadlow also won his fight by
split decision. He beat Zak Korkou, of Oamaru, in a very good
bout, shaking him early in the first round with a standing
Wakatipu novice light heavyweight Callum Owen stretched his
undefeated streak to nine fights, beating the bigger Mitch
Lucas, of Hamilton, in a close contest.
The only Wakatipu boxer to lose was South Island Golden
Gloves welterweight title-holder Mike Smith. Smith, who
hadn't fought for six months, lost to well-trained Wellington
fighter Latu Talu.
- Philip Chandler