Reece a fast learner

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Young Gore boxer NZ champion in first year

Gore boxer Reece Holz has packed a punch in his short career, winning the Boxing New Zealand Championships male junior 66kg division in Christchurch.

Holz (16), only competed in his first fight a year ago, but has made a name for himself in a short space of time.

He beat Tyson Corbett, of Rotorua, in the second round by a technical knockout to take home the gold medal.

Gore Boxing Club coach Russell Newton said Holz hit Corbett with a clean uppercut to gain the TKO.

“It was a good shot and then the boy went down on one knee and that was enough for the judges to call it,” Newton said.

It was the first TKO Holz had produced in his career and he said it was a great feeling.

“I’m pretty chuffed to get the win. I was hoping to win but it was a hard fight – it was my hardest fight so far.”

His opponent, Corbett, was a former New Zealand representative boxer who had won his division in the North Island Golden Gloves, Newton said.

Holz had only competed in six fights in the past year, including winning the South Island Golden Gloves competition for his division this year.

“The kid Reece was fighting against has competed in 20 plus fights – he’s more experienced than what he [Reece] is,” Newton said.

“It was a pretty special moment seeing Reece win. He’s done a lot in the last year.”

Leading into the national championships, Holz sparred against retired boxers Callum Sinclair and Daniel Barclay, of Mataura.

“I brought those two back in to help me with Reece. They helped a lot, giving him something to test his timing against. They were pretty crucial with helping get him ready,” Newton said.

Holz was easy to coach for Newton and always rose to the challenges thrown his way.

“He’s easy to train because he listens and he’s also got some good physical attributes – he’s tall and pretty physical.

“Experience-wise he’s well shy of the pack but his determination is great.”

His next fight would be at the boxing showcase in Gore on November 24.

“It’ll be at the annual Gore tournament – I’ll give that a good crack,” Holz said.

Newton said he would have to hunt to find someone to come up against Holz at the showcase.

“I’ll have to look around.”