REDCLIFFE boxer Billy Polkinghorn won the biggest title of his fledgling career recently, taking out the Australasian National Golden Gloves title in the 64 kilogram division.
His coach, James Lindley, reckons the hard-hitting 19-year-old is the best pound-for-pound amateur boxer in Australia.
Originally from England, Polkinghorn became an Australian citizen five weeks ago and can now represent the country at international tournaments.
“If he had been an Australian citizen last year when the trials were on I think he would have made the Olympics this year,” Lindley said.
The former Belmont Senior College student won the title last month at the competition in Balcatta and is gearing up for his next challenge, the State titles towards the end of this year.
“He has a hand injury so he’s resting that but he’s still training every day,” Lindley said.
“Billy will be fighting again in about 12 weeks or so.”
Polkinghorn took up the sport nine years ago and has had 89 bouts over the past four years, including eight so far this year.
He is aiming to represent Australia at the 2018 Commonwealth Games being held on the Gold Coast.
Polkinghorn trains at Lindley’s Boxing Gym in Welshpool and is also doing conditioning training at the Body Genius Institute.
“I have been training with Aaron Taylor for just over two years now and I’m rapt at how far I have come in terms of strength, speed and power in the ring,” Polkinghorn said.
“My coach James says I’m punching harder than ever before. Equally impressive is how Aaron has helped me to improve my foot and hand speed in the ring. “
Taylor said Polkinghorn had had “monumental” potential to progress in the sport. “For a 60- kilogram kid, he has got serious power in his hands,” he said.