Ka¯piti boxing club ‘on the radar’

Kapiti Observer - - SPORT - KELVIN TEIXEIRA

‘‘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.

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