Young boxer’s golden suc­cess

Marlborough Midweek - - FRONT PAGE - PAULA HUL­BURT

A talented young boxer en­ter­ing only his sec­ond fight has walked away with a top prize.

Blen­heim lad Brodie Lobb, 14, started boxing just two years ago af­ter he went to watch a friend at the gym.

The talented ath­lete took to the ring and has been train­ing hard ever since.

His nat­u­ral abil­ity saw him scoop a top ti­tle in the pres­ti­gious South Is­land Golden Gloves tour­na­ment af­ter beat­ing a pre­vi­ously un­de­feated com­peti­tor.

It was only the sec­ond time the Marl­bor­ough Boy’s Col­lege stu­dent has com­peted, says his coach Ray­mond Mad­sen.

A mem­ber of the Marl­bor­ough Boxing Club, Brodie first took up the sport when he lived in In­ver­cargill.

He says he en­joys the fact the only per­son he re­lies on to do their best is him­self.

The young boxer says he is at­tracted to the sport as it ‘‘pushes him to his lim­its.’’

‘‘I en­joy boxing be­cause it makes you push yourself and pushes you to your lim­its and is an in­di­vid­ual sport, you don’t have to rely on any­one only yourself to win.

‘‘I went into the Golden Gloves quite con­fi­dent as my trainer had given me all the train­ing and skills I needed, I just had to take them into the ring.

‘‘My skills and fit­ness got me the win this time,’’ he says.

Fac­ing a larger op­po­nent with a hefty hit, Lobb says he re­lied on the ad­vice of his coach to ul­ti­mately win the match.

Mad­sen watched from a ring­side po­si­tion as his prodigy bat­tled hard to keep his op­po­nent on his toes.

But his ad­vice on the day and in train­ing ses­sions lead­ing up to the bout helped Lobb take the top spot.

‘‘As my op­po­nent was a bit big­ger and hit harder I had to keep mov­ing and keep my speed up.

‘‘In the weeks lead­ing up to the fight all we were do­ing was in close fight­ing and mov­ing tech­niques so I was well pre­pared.

‘‘Af­ter the first round my trainer sat me down and told me that I had to keep go­ing to the body and mov­ing.’’

Mad­sen, who has 40 years ex­pe­ri­ence as a boxer, has fol­lowed in his fa­ther’s foot­steps and runs Marl­bor­ough Boxing Club.

He spot­ted Brodie’s po­ten­tial straight away.

‘‘He has nat­u­ral tal­ent and has a will­ing­ness to learn and lis­tens.

‘‘He’s very cool, calm and col­lected; not an ag­gres­sive type of per­son at all,’’ he says.

The pair trav­elled to the cham­pi­onships in Christchurch in June, hosted by the Can­ter­bury Boxing As­so­ci­a­tion.

For Brodie, who also plays rugby for Marl­bor­ough Boys’ Col­lege, it was a chance to put his skills to the test in the un­der 54kg cat­e­gory.

While other box­ers faced up to three fights in their class, Lobb had to con­tend with just one other com­peti­tor in his cat­e­gory, though his spar­ring part­ner had not to be de­feated. Lobb changed that.

‘‘Brodie’s been train­ing with me for a year and is do­ing re­ally well.

‘‘It was a unan­i­mous win and we’re look­ing at go­ing back to Christchurch at the end of next month.

‘‘If he wins there he will be fight­ing at the New Zealand Cham­pi­onships at the end of Au­gust.

‘‘I think he has a good chance,’’ Mad­sen says.

The pair train to­gether four hours a week, putting in additional hours as a tour­na­ment ap­proaches.

‘‘Brodie’s re­ally ded­i­cated,’’ Mad­sen says.

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