Golden gloves champ felled by blood nose
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.