Local boxer Kevin Simpson crowned Golden Gloves champion

Kevin Simpson (left), from Babinda Boxing Club, in his final bout against Cohen Lockett from Ashley Cupitt Boxing Academy, Yungaburra, at Golden Gloves tournament in Home Hill. Photo: Neilo - Boxing Photos

LOCAL boxer, Kevin Simpson, recently competed in the two-day Sunstate Amateur Boxing League Golden Gloves Boxing tournament, hosted by Rock Solid Boxing Club at the Memorial Hall, Home Hill.

A 400+ strong crowd was treated to 22 fights of boxing action over two nights, with 10 bouts on the first night and 12 on the second.

The win was a real cause for celebration as Simpson first competed in the Golden Gloves in 2017, at the age of 10, when he was eliminated in the quarter finals.

Simpson returned home the Golden Gloves Champion after winning his final bout in the 67kg Junior division against Cohen Lockett, who is from the Ashley Cupitt Boxing Academy in Yungaburra.

Simpson, aged 14, had to step up from his 13 – 14 years’ age group into the 15 – 16 years’ group, and was rewarded with a second gold medal.

In his elimination bout, he was up against 16-year-old Dylan Cox from the Kingdom Boxing Club in Ingham.

During the bout, Simpson had the edge with upper cuts to his opponent which caused a bloodied nose. 

He won all three two-minute rounds and was unanimously declared the winner by the Judges to progress to the final against Lockett.

Morgan Black aged 17 from the Tully Boxing Club also competed in the 67kg Junior division but lost his elimination bout against Cohen Lockett.

His final fight against Lockett was tough and fast-paced and the first round could have gone in favour of his opponent, who fought back hard in the next two rounds.

The last round was a nail-biting decider, but Simpson gained the edge over his opponent by landing a flurry of clean body shots in a six-hit combo.

All photos from the Golden Gloves tournament taken by Neilo can be viewed on the Boxing Photos Facebook page.

Kevin and his family especially wished to thank the Cassowary Coast Regional Council Mayor, Mark Nolan, and CEO, James Gott, as well as Bali Tropical NQ, Innisfail Glass & Aluminium, Innisfail Mini Rail, Innisfail District Darts Association, Wet Tropic Times, as well as Eric and Christine Norman, for their support and generous donations.

They are also grateful to family, friends, and members of the community, who reached out and donated, as without everyone’s support Kevin would not have been able to achieve his goals. 

He trains twice a week at the Babinda Boxing Club with his Coach, Eric Norman, and during his hour-long training sessions Simpson works in the ring using pads and bags where the core focus is on skills, technique, strength, stamina, and general fitness in the ring.

Simpson’s next fight is a Golden Gloves final rematch with Cohen Lockett at the Babinda Memorial Hall on July 24.

His training will be ramped up over the coming months as he prepares to compete in the State Titles being held in Townsville on September 3 – 4.

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