Golden gloves champ felled by blood nose

South Waikato News - - SPORT CLASSIFIED - By PET­RICE TAR­RANT

Eu­gene Amo­hia could have been the reign­ing North Is­land Golden Gloves cham­pion, had it not been for a blood nose.

The med­i­cal dilemma cost the un­der 65kg Toko­roa boxer a re­peat ti­tle, ac­cord­ing to a new rule.

Amo­hia, a Toko­roa Youth Boxing Club mem­ber com­peted in the Golden Gloves com­pe­ti­tion in Taupo, hop­ing to hold onto the ti­tle he claimed last year.

He said it was a tir­ing fi­nal, with an op­po­nent who wouldn’t let in.

‘‘He’s a pretty hard worker, he throws a lot of punches so I had to throw more.’’ And he thought he had. Amo­hia, 17, who trains out of Fight­ing Fit Club, said it felt like he had won the first two rounds.

He said his op­po­nent was taller than him, forc­ing him to throw a lot of hooks and up­per cuts.

En­ter­ing the third round if felt like he was on top un­til a blow caught him and started a nose bleed.

The fight was called off and the win awarded to his op­po­si­tion.

Coach Tony De Vorms said the win would have come down to a points count­back, be­fore the rule change a few years ago.

He said it was un­for­tu­nate for Amo­hia, who was ‘‘clearly ahead’’.

He will have to wait for an­other year be­fore he can at­tempt to re­claim the ti­tle.

De­spite the set­back, De Vorms and co-coaches Jack Wil­liams and Crispin Hop­kin­son are look­ing for­ward to Amo­hia’s boxing ca­reer.

Eu­gene Amo­hia lost the chance to hold the North Is­land Golden Gloves ti­tle for an­other year be­cause of a nose bleed.

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