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Boxer claims his biggest prize with a golden performance

GOLDEN GLOVES: Bundaberg Boxing Club's Lochlan Turnbull won the Golden Gloves Boxing Tournament after beating Connor Welsh in the final bout. Photo: Max Fleet / NewsMail
GOLDEN GLOVES: Bundaberg Boxing Club's Lochlan Turnbull won the Golden Gloves Boxing Tournament after beating Connor Welsh in the final bout. Photo: Max Fleet / NewsMail Max Fleet

LOCHLAN Turnbull is at an age where it's expected a lot of big decisions have to be made but the 13-year-old sportsman doesn't have to make a major choice just yet.

Turnbull's love of boxing and rugby league has him running around the state and he wouldn't have it any other way. His commitment to both has him line for a rugby league premiership with Wests Under-14 against Wallaroos a week after winning the golden gloves in the 70kg division.

Stepping up a weight division because his original opponent didn't want to fight him, Turnbull breezed past Jackson McMahon before facing Connor Welsh in the final bout.

After training against men in their 20s at the Bundaberg Boxing Club Turnbull was fit and ready to go and he claimed a unanimous victory.

GOLDEN GLOVES: Bundaberg Boxing Club's Lochlan Turnbull won the Golden Gloves Boxing Tournament after beating Connor Welsh in the final bout. Photo: Max Fleet / NewsMail
GOLDEN GLOVES: Bundaberg Boxing Club's Lochlan Turnbull won the Golden Gloves Boxing Tournament after beating Connor Welsh in the final bout. Photo: Max Fleet / NewsMail Max Fleet

"I decided to move him up a weight division because he was only going to have one fight in the lower one," Blair said.

"I was pretty confident he could step up to the plate."

Blair said every aspect of Turnbull's style keeps improving and his victories are becoming quicker each fight.

"He is definitely improving each fight - especially his ability to read his opponent," Blair said.

"In his final fight against he got an eight count in the second round."

Blair has been impressed with Turnbull's ability and determination from his early fights when in consecutive bouts he had his nose busted but refused to give in.

The two other fighters from the Bundaberg Boxing Club, Chandler Daniel (40kg) and Bailey Dooley (44kg), lost their first fights in split decisions but Blair said he was happy with the way they fought against more experienced opponents.

GOLDEN GLOVES: Bundaberg Boxing Club's Lochlan Turnbull won the Golden Gloves Boxing Tournament after beating Connor Welsh in the final bout. Photo: Max Fleet / NewsMail
GOLDEN GLOVES: Bundaberg Boxing Club's Lochlan Turnbull won the Golden Gloves Boxing Tournament after beating Connor Welsh in the final bout. Photo: Max Fleet / NewsMail Max Fleet

The next challenges for the fighters are tournaments in Brisbane and Cairns.

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