THE Narooma district’s next crop of boxers is fine-tuning their skills at the Far South Coast Boxing Club.
Sholto Hosking, 19, of Bermagui finished runner-up in his division in his third fight on the ACT and is hoping to secure another fight in Sydney soon.
Cameron Rowley of Narooma Electrics has come on board as his sponsor to help with travel expenses and earlier this week was checking out his progress.
The welterweight has been training for two years including with Ray Ryan of Bega and for the last 10 months he has been at Narooma-based club developing under the watchful eye of legendary boxing trainer Frank Cooper.
Cooper, who now lives at Bodalla, fought in more than 100 amateur and 10 professional fights and is one of the most experienced trainers in the country.
“We’re very lucky to have in him the area and working with the club,” fellow trainer Scott Wharfe said.
Also training is Year 11 Narooma High School student Lachlan O’Neill who is hoping for his first fight soon.
Narooma has a long tradition of boxing but now that Mark “Ziggy” Zielinski’s gym on the Flat has closed, hopes are being pinned on the new proposed Far South Coast PCYC that should be based in the Narooma Sports and Leisure Centre.
Representatives from Police Citizens Youth Clubs NSW earlier this month met with council officials at Bega and Moruya to progress the proposal, which will also see mobile units on the road from Eden to Batemans Bay.
It is hoped that the Far South Coast Boxing Club can become affiliated with the new PCYC and that Cooper can become its boxing trainer.
In the meantime, training continues at different backyard gyms around town three times a week.
The club and its committee started two years ago and have since received the endorsement of Aussie export hope of Daniel Geale, former IBF and former WBA Middleweight Champion.
Leroy Brown meanwhile continues his successful career. He was supposed to fight for the Australian middleweight title in Brisbane this month but the fight fell through with his opponent injured.
The fight will hopefully be rescheduled for October.
The club is always seeking new members, as well as anyone with boxing training experience, and Scott Wharfe can be contacted through the Narooma police.