Speed, fit­ness help pro­pel young boxer

Matamata Chronicle - - Your Paper, Your Place - REXINE HAWES

‘‘(We saw his full po­ten­tial) when we saw that he could hit and not be hit. He is a nat­u­ral ath­lete and through ex­pert coach­ing he can de­velop his skills. He is very ded­i­cated, fit and very fast.’’

Zep Clarke-Lynn is a ris­ing star.

The Walton Box­ing Club mem­ber has re­cently won the Cen­tral North Is­land Novice Wel­ter Weight Cham­pi­onship.

This comes on the back of win­ning the North Is­land Novice Wel­ter Weight Cham­pi­onship last year, which he has now won two years in a row.

Box­ing coach Dr Ray­mond Richards says Clarke-Lynn is a ‘‘ris­ing star’’. What makes the boxer ex­tra­or­di­nary is that in his last two fights this year, he put counts on both his op­po­nents.

Richards says the club recog­nised Clarke-Lynn had po­ten­tial as a top boxer when they saw his speed.

‘‘(We saw his full po­ten­tial) when we saw that he could hit and not be hit. He is a nat­u­ral ath­lete and through ex­pert coach­ing he can de­velop his skills. He is very ded­i­cated, fit and very fast.’’

Walton Box­ing Club owner and trainer Trevor McIn­tyre says any­one has the po­ten­tial to go far in box­ing, but peo­ple have to train hard and want it.

He says Clarke-Lynn cer­tainly works hard. In prepa­ra­tion for a cham­pi­onship fight, Clarke-Lynn will train two hours a day, six nights a week, with McIn­tyre tak­ing him to Ro­torua and Te Awa­mutu clubs to spar each week.

‘‘It’s all in your head, you gotta train harder than the guy you want to beat. Zep takes a chin up bar to work with him.’’

Right now Clarke-Lynn is busy train­ing for the New Zealand am­a­teur box­ing na­tion­als, in 14 months time.

In that time, he will need a few more fights to pre­pare and op­por­tu­ni­ties will come up every few months, which could give him about six more fights.

How­ever, he will be fight­ing against oth­ers in his di­vi­sion, many of whom have up to 100 fights be­hind them.

Walton Box­ing Club runs Mon­day, Wed­nes­day and Fri­day from 6pm-8pm. Fees are $7 per ses­sion and any­one is wel­come.

Zep Clarke-Lynn from Walton Box­ing Club re­cently won the Cen­tral North Is­land novice wel­ter weight cham­pi­onship.

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