Ka¯piti boxing club ‘on the radar’
‘‘A club is only as good as its top fighters, so if your club doesn't have any champion title holders, it's not really on the sport's radar.’’
Fresh from winning national titles, four young Ka¯piti boxers are helping put their local club ‘‘on the radar’’ of the sport’s circles.
Representing the Wellington team at the recent New Zealand Boxing Championships in Rotorua, Raumati Beach’s Toby Jensen, 15, won the 57kg junior featherweight title and his older brother Zac Jensen, 16, won the 63kg junior light-welterweight title.
Paraparaumu’s Michael Reynolds, 18, won the 69kg youth welterweight title; while Waikanae’s Szilard Laszlo, 18, won the 75kg youth middleweight title.
Ka¯piti Boxing Club head coach Wayne Spratt said it was their best result from a New Zealand champs since the club formed 12 years ago.
‘‘A club is only as good as its top fighters, so if your club doesn’t have any champion title holders, it’s not really on the sport’s radar.’’
Furthermore, Ka¯piti 19-yearold Andor Laszlo, a 69kg senior welterweight, was runner-up in the ‘‘elite fighter’’ senior open division.
From Hungary, the Laszlo brothers recently moved to Waikanae and were looking to transfer from the Heretaunga Boxing Club to the Ka¯piti club.
Spratt said having the Hungarians join the club would be of mutual benefit, as the club’s boxers could share learning different styles and techniques, which varied from country to country.
‘‘It’ll help strengthen the club even further, plus we have some promising up-and-coming boxers coming through the ranks.’’
Spratt said the boxers were working towards qualifying to represent New Zealand, which would require ‘‘a lot of hard work and discipline - all good things to learn’’.
‘‘A lot of work goes into a few minutes or even seconds in the ring, but it’s the results that count.’’
Brothers-in arms: Ka¯piti boxers, from left, Toby Jensen, Zac Jensen, Szilard Laszlo and Andor Laszlo.