Winwood puts heat on Frost in maiden bout

Alex Winwood has no regrets about switching from football to boxing.
Alex Winwood has no regrets about switching from football to boxing.

The Mandurah resident won the 52kg Youth State Novice Title in Scarborough with a thrilling victory against Mason Frost.

A talented junior football player, Winwood (16) said he would focus on boxing in a bid to hone his skills.

‘I want to concentrate on boxing,’ he said.

‘There is a lot of hard work to do and I am really looking forward to doing more training.

‘I hope to compete in more fights so I can keep improving. I am dedicated to getting better and one day I would love to compete at the Olympics.’

Winwood said he was training about four times a week at Eureka Boxing Club in Silver Sands.

Trainer Brian Sartori said Winwood was a ‘special talent’.

‘He coped really well in Scarborough and was not overawed by stepping into the ring,’ he said.

‘Alex is a hard worker. He has speed and power for his size.

‘He is a thinker in the ring, which he can use to his advantage.’

Sartori believed more experience in the ring would hasten Winwood’s development.

‘We hope to get Alex a few more fights before the end of the year,’ he said. ‘More sparring will also help.’

A re-match is expected between Winwood and Frost in the near future.