GOLDEN GLOVES: James Harney (left) and Hunter Somerville-Kimlin with trainer Attila Kovacs in the middle.
GOLDEN GLOVES: James Harney (left) and Hunter Somerville-Kimlin with trainer Attila Kovacs in the middle. Mike Knott BUN050916BOXING2

Golden Glove success: Boxers win medals at recent event

BOXING: When James Harney enters the boxing ring, his whole attitude completely changes.

Going from a shy junior to a confident boxer, Harney knows how to land a punch.

At the recent Golden Gloves in Brisbane he showed his talent, by winning the only gold for the Attila PCYC Boxing Academy.

Beating NSW's Oscar Campbell, he took home the coveted medal.

Harney said he fought well during the bout.

"I felt like I guarded pretty well, and landed three good punches,” he said.

"It always feels good to win.”

Harney said he also didn't make any stupid mistakes.

Trainer Attila Kovacs said Harney delivered the perfect fight.

"He did everything right, controlled the fight and did everything we practiced,” he said.

"I'm proud of him, he did very good.”

Harney's achievement was almost matched by Hunter Somerville-Kimlin, who won silver after a loss in his weight division final.

In a close contest, Attila said he would have won on another day.

"He should have won, he put two punches on his opponent in the third round,” he said.

"Unfortunately it didn't work in his favour.”

"He's taken it like a man, he's happy with silver.”

Someville-Kimlin said he was just happy to gain a medal.

"It's nice to have the feeling of actually getting something for your performance,” he said.

"I need to work on my dodging and weaving, so I don't get hit so much.”

While Harney and Somerville-Kimlin had success, the same couldn't be said for fellow academy boxers Josh Shaxson and Andrew Clawson.

Both lost in their fights with Attila admitting Shaxson had an off night in the ring.

"Josh was not himself that day and Andrew faced a really strong opponent” he said.

All boxers will now prepare for the state titles, which will be held in November.



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