Young boxer’s golden success
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.