Boxers in the medals

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Mid Canterbury Boxing Gym academy boxers and supporters (back row, from left) assistant coach Don Sauer, Johan Struwig, Lucan Taylor-Culshaw, Jah-Royal Ratapu, Dayton Fomison, head coach Cornelius Grobler, (front, from left) Quinton McHaffie, James Risk, Dylan Pennell, Elijah Arrowsmith and Ranui Osthorst.

Young boxers from the Mid Canterbury Boxing Gym academy have claimed four golds and five silvers at the South Island Golden Gloves tournament.

Held in Nelson over Labour Weekend, the Ashburton team put their hard work and training into practice and came away with some impressive results in the ring.

There were golds for James Risk, Dylan Pennell, Johan Struwig and Quinton McHaffie.

Academy head coach Cornelius Grobler said all his boxers had done Ashburton proud.

There had been a couple of close decisions, which could have gone the way of Ashburton boxers, but overall the boys were buzzing after the tournament.

First time fighter Lucan Taylor-Culshaw had boxed in the open division in the super heavy weight category because there were no other novices and had performed well.

Mr Grobler said his boxers were now preparing for the Canterbury Championships next weekend, where they would gain valuable experience and more ring time.

“The top performers at the Canterbury event will be looking to book a place at the nationals, but for my boys it’s too early and too big a step to take at this stage.”

He said there was some good talent in the academy, with the potential to do well, and he was excited to be involved in their boxing journey.

The Mid Canterbury Boxing Gym academy passes on important life skills through boxing, including discipline, fitness and camaraderie.

Of its 95 members, 17 step into the ring against other boxers.