The gloves are off


Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - FRONT PAGE - Tim Slater

RED­CLIFFE boxer Billy Polk­inghorn won the big­gest ti­tle of his fledg­ling ca­reer re­cently after tak­ing out the Aus­tralasian Golden Gloves ti­tle in the 64kg divi­sion. His coach, James Lind­ley, reck­ons the hard-hit­ting 19-year-old is the best pound-for-pound am­a­teur boxer in Aus­tralia. Orig­i­nally from Eng­land, Polk­inghorn be­came an Aus­tralian cit­i­zen five weeks ago and can now rep­re­sent the coun­try at in­ter­na­tional tour­na­ments.

“If he had been an Aus­tralian cit­i­zen last year when the tri­als were on, I think he would have made the Olympics this year,” Lind­ley said.

The for­mer Bel­mont Se­nior Col­lege stu­dent won the ti­tle last month at the com­pe­ti­tion in Balcatta and is gear­ing up for his next chal­lenge, the state ti­tles to­wards the end of this year.

“He has a hand in­jury, so he's rest­ing that but he's still train­ing ev­ery day,” Lind­ley said.

“Billy will be fight­ing again in about 12 weeks or so.”

Polk­inghorn took up the sport nine years ago and has had 89 bouts over the past four years, in­clud­ing eight this year.

He is aim­ing to rep­re­sent Aus­tralia at the 2018 Com­mon­wealth Games on the Gold Coast.

Polk­inghorn trains at Lind­ley's Box­ing Gym in Welsh­pool and does con­di­tion­ing train­ing at the Body Ge­nius In­sti­tute.

“I have been train­ing with Aaron Tay­lor for just over two years now and I'm rapt at how far I have come in terms of strength, speed and power in the ring,” Polk­inghorn said.

“My coach James says I'm punch­ing harder than ever be­fore. Equally im­pres­sive is how Aaron has helped me to im­prove my foot and hand speed in the ring.

“I guess all the hours of speed and agility drills are pay­ing off.”

Tay­lor said Polk­inghorn had been screened to test his seven prim­i­tive move­ment pat­terns and mus­cle test­ing be­fore he de­signed an on­go­ing fit­ness pro­gram.

“I did a lot of mo­bil­ity, flex­i­bil­ity and sta­bil­ity work with him,” he said.

That was fol­lowed by strength and power train­ing and con­di­tion­ing.

He said Polk­inghorn had “mon­u­men­tal” po­ten­tial to progress in the sport.

“The only two in­juries he has done in the last year and a half is a finger and a knuckle and it’s just be­cause he punches so hard,” he said.

“For a 60kg kid he has got se­ri­ous power in his hands; he can knock guys out eas­ily.”

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son d457128

Boxer Billy Polk­inghorn holds up his Golden Gloves belt, with coach James Lind­ley and con­di­tion­ing trainer Aaron Tay­lor at Lind­ley's Box­ing Gym in Welsh­pool.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son

Billy Polk­inghorn is aim­ing for a spot on the Aus­tralian team for the 2018 Com­mon­wealth Games at the Gold Coast. d457128

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