Club has two North Is­land champs

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport - By ABBY BROWN

Two Walton Box­ing Club mem­bers have won their fights at the North Is­land Cham­pi­onship.

Zep Clark-Lynn won his first fight ever fight on Au­gust 30.

The 17-year-old had en­tered in the wel­ter weight di­vi­sion un­der the sec­tion for box­ers who had fought be­tween zero and five fights. It was his op­po­nent’s first fight too.

Clark-Lynn en­joys the flood of adren­a­line that came from spar­ring and fight­ing.

‘‘Once you get over the fear you are fine,’’ he said.

He had been taught how to con­trol his ag­gres­sion.

‘‘It is one of the key things our coach taught us; you can be ag­gres­sive but not angry.’’

Their coach, and the owner of Walton Box­ing Club, Trevor McIn­tyre, said it is quite common for fight­ers to en­ter the North Is­land cham­pi­onships with few or no fights un­der their belts.

‘‘If their coaches think they are up to it then they put them in,’’ McIn­tyre said.

Clark-Lynn had been train­ing for one sea­son.

‘‘I started it for fit­ness but I got hooked into it re­ally,’’ he said.

He wasn’t in­tim­i­dated by spar­ring with men in their twen­ties or older, who were mostly train­ing for cor­po­rate fights.

He also wasn’t put off by the huge amount of trav­el­ling time that went into go­ing to spar with mem­bers from Te Awa­mutu, Ro­torua and cen­tral North Is­land box­ing clubs two times a week.

The box­ers would also train at the Walton box­ing gym two times a week by skip­ping, spar­ring and do­ing punch­ing bag work.

Clark-Lynn ac­knowl­edged and praised his coach, who is a for­mer kick boxer.

‘‘He puts in a lot of time and ef­fort and puts other peo­ple first.’’

Another Walton box­ing club mem­ber, Tris­tan Al­li­son, 18, also won his fight. He was in the heavy weight di­vi­sion for peo­ple who had fought be­tween 10 and 20 fights.

He had fought 16 times and had been train­ing for four years.

Al­li­son would be fight­ing in the na­tion­als in Queen­stown from Oc­to­ber 7 to 15.

Another Walton Box­ing Club mem­ber, Max Greyson, came run­ner up at the North Is­land Cham­pi­onship in the 35kg di­vi­sion.

Photo: SUP­PLIED

TWO CHAMPS: Zep Clark-Lynn, left, and Tris­tan Al­li­son after they won their fights at the North Is­land Cham­pi­onship.

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