Golden Gloves champ’ eyes up ex­cit­ing fu­ture

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DANIEL HUTCHIN­SON Taupo¯’s lat­est Golden Gloves cham­pion says he is just get­ting started.

Emile Richard­son is the num­ber 2 ranked am­a­teur mid­dleweight boxer and he showed why when he won his weight divi­sion at the North Is­land Golden Gloves Cham­pi­onship in Taupo¯ on the week­end.

Sport­ing suc­cess runs in the fam­ily for Richard­son - the late Sir Colin Meads is a cousin, un­cle Leigh Meads was an Olympic boxer and an­other un­cle Justin McDer­mott - is a Muay Thai cham­pion and owns the ROC gym in Taupo¯ .

‘‘It runs in the fam­ily re­ally. I was al­ways go­ing to be ei­ther a boxer or a rugby player.’’

Richard­son won all three of his fights on the week­end to take the ti­tle.

The 20-year-old is an ortho­dox [right handed] boxer but all three op­po­nents were south­paws [left han­ders].

‘‘I got a lot of prac­tise. It’s pretty rare get­ting three south­paws in a row.’’

Now he is eye­ing the Na­tional Cham­pi­onships in Christchurch, in Oc­to­ber, where he will get the chance to fight the num­ber one ranked mid­dleweight.

If he wins, he takes the num­ber one spot and takes a giant step to­wards achiev­ing his dream.

‘‘My dream is to go to the Olympics and turn pro’ af­ter that. I’m just get­ting started.’’

Richard­son reg­u­larly trav­els to Ro­torua where his trainer Rex Jenk­ins is based and where he gets plenty of spar­ring prac­tise.

He is also a fa­mil­iar sight at his un­cle’s gym in Taupo¯ .

‘‘I spend count­less hours in the gym. It is a life­style and you have to put a lot of work in.’’

It has taken him five years of train­ing and four years of fight­ing to get to this stage and it hasn’t al­ways gone his way.

‘‘You can spend thou­sands [of hours] in time and train­ing and then you don’t get the win but you learn more.’’

It is not all about boxing for Richard­son, although it also helps with his day job as a youth coun­sel­lor for Te Korowai.

‘‘It [boxing ses­sions] keeps them off the street, keeps them busy and teaches them life skills.’’

His next as­sign­ment be­fore the Na­tional Cham­pi­onships in Oc­to­ber is a trip across the ditch, where he will com­pete for the Aus­tralian Golden Gloves ti­tle.

PHOTO: DANIEL HUTCHIN­SON/STUFF

Boxer Emile Richard­son prac­tises in the gym, at home in Taupo¯ , as he gears up for his next chal­lenge.

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