Prepa­ra­tion pays off in box­ing ring

South Waikato News - - SPORT - By CAITLIN WAL­LACE

Hours of train­ing in the gym paid off for Toko­roa box­ers Eu­gene Amo­hia and Leith McCloskey as they took away their first win.

The 16 year-old friends spent al­most two years pre­par­ing for their first com­pet­i­tive am­a­teur fight and it all paid off.

Proud coach Tony De Vorms wanted the boys to do ev­ery­thing pos­si­ble to be ready for their fight.

‘‘We want them as pre­pared as they can be,’’ he said.

Along­side per­sonal fit­ness train­ing, the boys spend an hour and a half of spar­ring and tech­nique train­ing twice a week.

‘‘ There’s a lot of train­ing in­volved with tech­niques,’’ he said.

De Vorms also wanted them to be men­tally pre­pared for the com­pet­i­tive na­ture of the sport. ‘‘That per­son is there to beat them,’’ he said. De­spite his con­fi­dence be­fore the fight, Amo­hia felt the nerves once he was face to face with his op­po­nent.

‘‘I was pretty much the same but then I started get­ting ner­vous,’’ he said.

The train­ing paid off and he used his coaches’ train­ing to win the match.

‘‘The first hit he landed woke me up then I said to my­self ‘I need to do this’ and I re­mem­bered what my coaches said,’’ Amo­hia said.

Amo­hia en­tered the 60kg class and McCloskey was in the heav­ier 71kg class for the Ro­torua Am­a­teur Box­ing tour­na­ment held ear­lier this month.

Since the com­pe­ti­tion, coaches De Vorms, Jack Wil­liams and Crispin Hop­kin­son, have been work­ing with the pair on im­prove­ments.

McCloskey hopes to be­come fit­ter be­fore next month’s fight.

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