Gene wins state title

Gene Beeche with Tony Abbott from Barefoot Boxing, Wagga.

Bidgee Boxing’s Gene Beeche has had a phenomenal weekend, winning a state title in his age division.

Beeche, 15, travelled to the Sutherland PCYC on the weekend for the 2018 NSW Novice Titles.

He progressed straight to the finals when his first fight ended in a walkover – where his opponent never showed – in the first round.

“The finals fights were held on Sunday and he went on to win the State title for his age group,” said coach Neville Bamblett.

“He fought really well compared to his other fights. You can fight and fight and fight but sometimes it’s just like a switch flicks and what you’ve got to do all makes sense”. He’s got it, he finally understood.

“It actually brought a tear to my eye, watching the recording. When he rang me and told me that he’d won I was over the moon.”

According to Bamblett, who is one of Beeche’s coaches alongside Troy Prior, said Beeche has been training hard for the last eight months.

“He’s had four fights, and before this one he’d had three losses. None of those fights were convincing losses, they’ve all been close,” Bamblett said.

“A lot of kids at that stage put their heads down, it sort of breaks them a bit – they might decide that they don’t like it anymore and want to give it away with no reward”. Not Gene.

“I think there’s this attitude in society that if you’re not winning, you’re not good. But you’re not going to be just starting out nor be the next Floyd Mayweather.

They’re sort of setting themselves up for a fall then”.

“But I don’t think it fazes Gene, he just trains harder. He’s in here every day, training.

“I spoke to a trainer from Goulburn who said that Gene had the look in his eyes, that he seemed really determined.

“He’s got a lot of potential. To go from winning no fights to a State Champ is pretty amazing, he’s so determined,” Bamblett said

Beeche always has the support of his parents, James and Karen, who go to every fight.

According to Bamblett, Beeche’s goal is to fight for Australia at the Olympics.

In order for him to reach his goal, Bamblett reached out to Anthony (Tony) Abbott from Wagga’s Barefoot Boxing.

“Tony’s actually a Narrandera local. He’s been cornering for Gene. We go over to Wagga a couple of times a month and train with Tony’s boys and they come out here for a bit of a spar.

“There’s two main arms of boxing; League Boxing, and the Association (Boxing Australia).

“League Boxing tends to be more like professional boxing; there’s music, smoke, lights and the fighters who go through the league tend to go on to professional boxing.

The Association is much more technical and they are affiliated with the Olympic team.

“With Gene, because that’s his goal, I’ve handed him to Tony because he’ll end up doing things with the Association and that’ll help him more in the long run,” Bamblett said.

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