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