Townsville Bulletin

Uppercut is his style

- NICK WRIGHT

JUGGLING his barber business with boxing pursuits has become a true test of fortitude for Lachlan Duncombe. But each sacrifice is what paved the way to his championsh­ip belt.

The co-owner of JL Barbers claimed the Queensland Heavyweigh­t amateur boxing title in Townsville, and he has no intention of slowing down.

Every morning Duncombe rises early to begin his training, before opening his barbershop alongside Josh Hanlon in Kirwan. Then he spends his afternoons refining his craft with the gloves on, as he seeks to enter the profession­al ranks by 2023.

Duncombe said there were plenty of days which challenged him on the path to claiming his first belt. But as a relative newcomer to the sport – a love affair born only last year – he said he had an eager energy within that fuelled him to battle on.

Ahead of his next bout on October 2 on the Queen of the Ring undercard, his two working worlds are colliding as his clientele become more familiar with his pursuits.

“There’s a few people, your name gets out there a bit knowing everyone through footy, (work) and everywhere around Townsville. I’d say a few people know by now,” Duncombe said.

“It is very committing, very long hours I guess you could say. But I love it so I would never stop.

“I definitely want to try go into the pro ranks at some stage, but because I’m quite new to the sport still I’m aiming for 2023.”

Rugby league was where Duncombe first announced himself as an athlete to watch. For a period he worked with the Blackhawks under-20s side, before moving to Cairns with the Northern Pride.

Duncombe saw the opportunit­y in the Far North as his final chance to impress for an NRL career. Covid-19 had other ideas, cancelling the Queensland competitio­ns.

But with his mother and stepfather both avid mixed martial arts followers, the former forward knew he would take on fighting in some capacity.

“I moved to Cairns as my last shot to make it, and with the whole Covid thing they cancelled our season so I didn’t think I would get another shot at it,” Duncombe said.

“I was a bit down to be honest, but once I came back home for two months and got into boxing, everything went away. I was back happy training doing something I like to do.”

 ??  ?? JL Barbers co-owner, boxer Lachlan Duncombe. Picture: Shae Beplate
JL Barbers co-owner, boxer Lachlan Duncombe. Picture: Shae Beplate

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