Boxer Rhovie pulls no punches


Rhovie Hulleza hopes to punch her way to Australian selection. Picture: Will Russell        www.communitypix.com.au   d450737
Rhovie Hulleza hopes to punch her way to Australian selection. Picture: Will Russell        www.communitypix.com.au d450737

The softly-spoken 25-year-old weighs in at 54kg and already has two novice titles and a state title under her belt.

A split decision loss to NSW boxer Astryd Ugarte Carmelo at the national titles last year saw her miss out on a gold medal, but that has only made her more determined.

This weekend’s bout is an Australian Selection Tournament for the 2016 Elite World Championships and if Hulleza wins, she could be fighting in Kazakhstan later this year.

Hulleza started boxing at Peterson’s Gym in Belmont about three years ago.

“I felt like I wanted to achieve something that was actually my own, not something my parents wanted me to do or because anyone else wanted,” she said

“It has different components of different sports – you need the fitness of a runner, the strength of a weightlifter but at the same time you must remain lean to keep that speed.

“Originally I just wanted to have a few fights and I told myself I would be happy with a state title.”

Having achieved that, Hulleza has her eyes on bigger titles in amateur boxing.

Her training regime in the lead-up to fights is gruelling.

In between working her day job, Hulleza manages to squeeze in six training sessions a week, which usually comprise of a 6km run or sprints followed by bag work and sparring.

Her coach is Erle Wiltshire, a former flyweight Olympian who represented Australia in the 2000 Sydney Olympics and has 99 fights to his name.

The gym is owned by former boxer Geoff Peterson and has three Olympic representatives, eight world championship representatives and nine Australian champions,

As for Hulleza’s place on that record, she said: “I don’t know where it will take me but I’d like to achieve as much as I can as an amateur competitor”.