Gore fighter impresses at championships

20:57, Aug 03 2014

Gore boxer Aaron Lay made an impact in his step up to the youth 75kg division competition in Christchurch on Saturday.

Lay took on Tim Urwin at the Canterbury Metro Championships and produced an impressive display.

He put two standing eight counts on Urwin in the victory as he continues to put his best foot forward to convince the Southland selectors to give him a shot at the national championships in Queenstown this year.

Southland boxers who hope to be selected for the championships in October have been told to attend all the northern South Island tournaments to gain match fitness.

This has been brought about by the cancellation of the Southland championships. The Gore Boxing Club committee is also struggling for entries for its annual tournament and is also in jeopardy of being cancelled.

In the case of Gore, there is clash, with many coaches opting to head to the Australian Golden Gloves in Brisbane during the same weekend.

Nathaniel Arnold from Deano's Gym also made the trip to Christchurch at the weekend for a bout against Jermain Tuamiti, from the Smiling Tigers in Christchurch, in the youth 69kg division.

It was a tough matchup, considering Tuamiti is a former national champion, and Arnold lost the bout on a unanimous decision.


The Southland Times