Wowan Warrior wins state title
LACHLAN Hinchliffe lived up to his nickname ‘Hinchy the Hitman’ by completing a hit-and-run mission in Cairns at the weekend when he won his second state championship.
The "Wowan Warrior", as the 18-year-old is also known, beat Townsville’s Jarrod Westwood for the Queensland super middleweight title (75kg division).at the state titles.
The former Wowan boxer seemed in control of the fight from the opening bell in the four two minute round clash.
"In the second round I had him on the back foot but eased off a bit to pace myself through the rounds," Hinchliffe said.
The teen fighter had worked hard on his fitness, focusing on intense cardio sessions before the bout, as he hadn’t fought in many four round clashes.
"I ducked a lot of [Westwood’s] punches.
"I wish I’d gone after him more in the second round," Hinchliffe said.
In the end, it didn’t matter, with a unanimous decision with all five judges awarding the fight to the hitman.
Hinchliffe said he did find the four rounds challenging but his training had paid off.
While his immediate focus will be on his next opponent in Caloundra next weekend, long-term his next goal is to again win a national title in November at the Australian championships in Geelong.
The Warrior’s trainer, Des Upton, has warned that his charge can only get better.
"He can improve a lot on that now that he is used to the four rounds," Upton said.
Upton and his PCYC fighters had a golden weekend, with all five fighters finishing with gold.
Hinchliffe’s 14-year-old cousin Nat added more gold for the family pool room by winning the 51kg title in just his fourth fight.
"He will be a good fighter," Upton said of the Southpaw younger Hinchliffe.