THEY are the tools of his trade but former Wowan boxer Lachlan Hinchliffe has been told to “knuckle down” as he prepares for the state championships this weekend.
The “Wowan Warrior”, as the 18-year-old is called, is getting ready to take on Queensland's best in the 75kg division in Cairns.
Hinchliffe, who also carries the moniker of “Hinchy the Hitman” to go with the Warrior mantle, said his recent more intense training had included lots of cardio training such as sprints but also bag work.
In his most recent fight in Rockhampton where he now lives, Hinchliffe beat Beenleigh's Fred Pabai, a fighter who had beaten him in their last tussle.
“I have to make more use of my height and reach,” Hinchliffe said was the main thing he learnt from the earlier loss.
The Hitman is the first to admit he is not the strongest trainer, but has picked up his regime as the championships draw near.
“Des (Upton - Rockhampton PCYC trainer) has told me to train harder and not just rely on my talent.
“I have to knuckle down,” the teen pugilist said.
He has been training for two hours five to six days per week.
Hinchliffe has had six fights this year, with his record standing at 35 wins, two draws and ten losses.
The Wowan Warrior has fought at Esk, Mackay, Kingaroy and even Palm Island, where he took down s highly fancied local boxer.
The Palm Island victory impressed Upton, but he said his charge will up to step up, now moving into the intermediate under-19s class with four two minute rounds. “The longer rounds will test him out.
“He'll go alright - I'm pretty sure he'll win,” Upton said.
The Hitman has set himself the goal of winning the state title before covering himself in more glory by claiming the Australian championship at the national titles in Melbourne in November.
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