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LOCAL boxer, Kevin Simpson, recently competed in the two-day Sunstate Amateur Boxing League State Titles held at Townsville Showgrounds and returned with two gold medals.
A 350+ strong crowd was treated to a night of boxing action with 27 fights over two nights, with 11 bouts on the first night and 16 on the second.
Simpson returned home as the Queensland State Champion after winning the final of the 63.5kg Junior Division against Cohen Lockett from Ashley Cupitt Boxing Academy in Yungaburra.
With no fighters in his 13 – 14 years age division, Simpson, aged 14, went straight through to the final and had to step up to the 15 – 16 years age division.
This was the third time these fighters had met in the ring, with Simpson having won two out of three bouts.
At the starter’s bell in the first round, Simpson quickly sized up his opponent’s capabilities.
Simpson then landed a double right-hand jab in the first 10 seconds, which sent Lockett flying into the corner and up against the ropes.
From then on, Simpson broke his opponent’s fighting spirit and continued to wear him down by controlling the centre of the ring, cutting angles, and creating no room for evasion.
In the second and third rounds, Simpson displayed more aggression and continued to outclass Lockett and kept him on the backfoot, with his quick thinking on his feet, agility, and footwork.
He won all three two-minute rounds and was unanimously declared the winner by the four Judges.
Kevin and his family especially want to thank 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, Nature Earth Crystals, Midway Butchery, Babinda Springs, Barrier Reef Concreting, 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 Babinda Boxing Club with his Coach Eric Norman and during his hour-long training sessions Simpson works in the ring using pads and bags with the core focus on skills, technique, strength, stamina, and general fitness in the ring.
Simpson has been gaining a broad range of sparring experience with different fighters at Fusion Fight and Fitness Innisfail gym, Morgan Black at Tully Boxing gym, Quinton Smith at Athlete Muay Thai gym and with Ken Dalton at Redlynch Boxing Fitness.
Babinda Boxing Club supporter shirts are available for sale at $20 in all sizes up to 5XL, with all proceeds going towards the Club and its fighters so they can participate in future tournaments.
The family is looking for official sponsors for Kevin and anyone interested in coming onboard, should please contact his father, Kevin Snr, on 0401 156 795.
Simpson’s next tournament is at Buzza’s Gym in Port Douglas this Saturday, followed by Hawk’s Boxing in Townsville on October 2 and Bryde’s Boxing Gym in Mareeba on October 9.
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