TAMWORTH’S Westside Boxing Gym took four young boxers to the recent Australian Golden Glove Championships in Brisbane’s Acacia Ridge recently.
Two – Jacob Stanton and Brad Way – came home with Golden Glove medals while young Jai Wilton and Lynken Dickson missed out.
Mike Abra has retired as the coach but stills takes more than a passing interest, helping out at Westside and was on hand to see Jacob and Brad win their respective 56kg Youth and 64kg Elite golden glove titles.
“Lynken was robbed in his preliminary bout,” Mike said.
“In the 40 or so years I’ve been watching and training I’ve never seen as bad a decision as the one Lynken got.
“I couldn’t believe it, the crowd couldn’t believe it.
“They all knew he’d won but the judges didn’t.”
Dickson lost on a split decision.
Mike said Chris Dickson, now the trainer at Westside, had done a great job with the four young boxers.
“He had the boys prepared to perfection,” Abra said.
“They’d done all the hard yards and Chris had them as good as anyone could have.”
It’s just that Mike thought the Westside boxers might have been shortchanged.