Tauranga boxers heading for Golden Gloves
Six members from the Tauranga Boxing Club are counting down to the 2019 North Island Golden Gloves at the Great Lakes Centre in Taupo this long weekend.
More than 100 action-packed bouts will take place on Saturday June 1 and Sunday June 2.
The Golden Gloves ranks in stature only to the Boxing New Zealand National Championships. Also on the line in Taupo, are places in the North Island team that will square off with their South Island counterparts in the North verses South Golden Gloves box-offs in Rotorua on June 22.
Leading the Tauranga Boxing Club title charge is Ariana Nicholson who will be boxing at her third Golden Gloves.
After taking home a silver medal in her Golden Gloves debut in 2017, Ariana impressed many in attendance at ringside last year, when she convincingly took out the Female Middleweight crown last year, defeating Stephanie Trotter by way of a unanimous decision.
Ariana’s two dominating 2018 Golden Gloves performances, earned her the prestigious scientific female boxer of the tournament award.
A silver medal at the 2018 Boxing New Zealand National Championships identified the Tauranga pugilist as one of the rising stars of women’s boxing in the country.
Ariana has continued her emergence as an elite boxer, winning the Female 69kg division at the Arafura Games in Darwin, Australia in May 2019.
Double Boxing New Zealand age-group champion, Hanna Walker will be chasing her fourth Golden Gloves title over the holiday weekend.
Trained by father Chris, Hannah is entered in the Female Youth 60kg grade and looks to have the ability and potential to fight at the highest level of women’s boxing in the future.
Recent Tauranga Boxing Club recruit Michelle Nuku returned home from the Arafura Games with a bronze medal.
Michelle is likely to come up against Commonwealth Games Bronze Medalist, Troy Garton, who beat her by unanimous decision at last year’s National Championships.
The three remaining Tauranga Boxing Club member will all be making their Golden Gloves debut over the weekend.
Promising light heavyweight boxer Henry Wilson, who hails from Te Puke, is boxing in a very competitive novice division, while two Maketu youngster Te Kehu Kerr and Motekiai Huni will debut in the cadet divisions.
2019 Golden Gloves – Tauranga Boxing Club entries:
Female 69kg – Ariana Nicholson.
Female 60kg – Michelle Nuku.
Female Youth 60kg – Hannah Walker.
Male Novice 81kg – Henry Wilson.
Cadet Novice – Te Kehu Kerr, Motekiai Huni