KORUMBURRA teen Poaki Ahokava is now the Australian Under 18 Junior Heavyweight Amateur Champion after winning the title at the Australian Boxing Titles held in Bendigo last weekend.
The recently turned 15 year-old won the title on split decision from his Queensland opponent.
Trainer Scott Williamson from the Wonthaggi Boxing Club said it just reward for Ahokava.
“It’s a great effort by Poaki, he only won by a split point so he was lucky to win but he done enough,” Williamson said.
“He has improved a lot from the few fights before where he has had his hands down to low and copped a lot of shots, which you can’t do because you lose points.
“I just kept yelling ‘keep your hands up’ and he did, the other guy threw a lot of punches but he covered up and blocked a lot of them with his gloves – he done really well.”
At 15 and weighing in at over 100kg, the title fight was the first time that Ahokava has squared off against someone his own age in the ring.
“It was good for him to finally fight someone his own age and weight – most of his last opponents have been four years older and 10 kilograms heavier,” Williamson said.
“He didn’t have to fight eliminations to get to the final, but he got put straight in there because of his weight and age – there are not many opponents out there.
“It was a tough fight but Poaki was the aggressor and kept coming forward at his opponent.”
Fellow Korumburra teen and training partner Nathan Allen finished runner-up in the Intermediate State Titles held two weeks prior, but finished his year on a high winning an exhibition at the Calibria Club in Brunswick.
“I thought he’d won the state title – so did a few other people but it was the judge’s call,” Williamson said.
“He wanted to have one more fight before the end of the year so we got one on the same weekend as Poaki.
“He fought a good kid and won unanimous – he won every round and done really well.
“The two boys, each fight they have been improving– it’s been great to see.”
The Bendigo meet finished the fighting season for the Wonthaggi Boxing Club, competitive bouts will begin in February next year.
“We have a couple of other young boys in the gym that will hopefully be in that first round of fights next year,” Williamson said.