Kovacs rule abroad
NOT even jet lag could stop the Kovac brothers as they finished unbeaten after a recent trip to Germany with the Queensland junior boxing team.
Part of a 14-man team, competing in three events in Germany, Denis and Philip Kovacs impressed as they represented Australia well in the competition.
In three bouts, both brothers won them all, as they were two of three in the team to remain undefeated in the trip.
Now back home after the successul campaign, Philip was pleased with what happened.
"First fight was just two days after the plane fight, and I struggled with jetlag in the bout," he said.
"I was still able to get the win, which was pleasing, but I couldn't move properly and fight well throughout."
By the time the final fight came around, against the same opponent, Philip had found his range.
"I stepped up my game for the third fight and got in lots of body shots," he said.
"With the jet lag gone, my opponent struggled to cope with my punches."
For Denis his biggest challenge came in the second bout.
"My first and third fight was pretty comfortable for me," he said.
"In the second bout, my opponent had far more experience, so it was a little surprising to get the win against him."
With time in the trip to see the sights, both brothers spoke highly of the country.
"It was awesome and I really loved being in the country," Denis said.
"It was a bit cold, but I enjoy those conditions, so it didn't hamper me."
For Philip he says riding a bike around the region gave him a greater appreciation of Germany.
"We had to ride bikes around the area, because it was faster and easier," he said.
"It's better than going in a car, as you get to see everything, instead of just zooming past it when you travel in other transport."
Their father, and coach, Attila Kovacs said he couldn't be prouder of his 17-year-old sons.
"They won all three fights and there is no better feeling to see them do well," he said.
"The important thing was they came out of their bouts without a scratch."
He also paid tribute to the boxing clubs in Germany who looked after the Queensland team.
"It's the second time a trip has been organised for Queensland boxing," he said.
"Everyone was welcoming and we were amazed at their hospitality."
Both brothers will now have one more bout before going on a deserved break for a couple of weeks.
After that the focus will be on competing in the junior Australian titles in April, and trying to get selected for the youth world titles again.
"There is no guarantee and the boys will need to be prepared to train hard again to do well in those event," Attila said.
Philip and Denis will travel to the Sunshine Coast to compete in their final bouts for this year this weekend.