Hills have eyes on fight prize
IF you hear rumbling in Gladstone tonight, it'll more than likely be emanating from the PCYC's annual fight night.
One of the main bouts sees Craig Hill Jr renew hostilities with Lachlan Hinchcliffe from Rockhampton, and the pair has had a win over the other once in the past two meetings.
Hill Jr squared the ledger with a knockout in Caloundra in the last month, after Hinchcliffe took the honours on his home canvas.
Hill Jr, based in Caloundra, has had 15 fights as an amateur, with 13 wins next to his famous last name.
He is trained by his father Craig Hill, whose grandfather ‘Snowy' Hill trained some of the country's best boxers in the '50s and '60s.
“He's not far off going into the pros,” his father said.
“His strengths are he can box and he can punch.
“If he has to brawl he can, but he's more of a thinker and doesn't come out swinging. He likes to work his opponent out.”
Other fighters travelling from Caloundra include Scott ‘The Rock' Kelly, a bruising light-heavyweight.
‘The Rock' has had seven fights for six wins and it mightn't be long before he's off to more brightly lit arenas.
“We'll run out of opponents for him soon, so he'll be off to the pros as well,” Hill said.
“He's a puncher and very strong.
“There'll be plenty of action when he's in the ring.”
Current Australian junior 60kg champion Billy ‘The Kid' Buttriss-Ching has had the most fights of the Hill crew coming into tonight's event, and has hardly put a glove wrong in his career.
From 23 bouts, ‘The Kid' has chalked up 21 victories. One of the few fighters to topple him is Harley Broom, and they'll be reacquainting themselves tonight in front of the vocal PCYC crowd.
Young Matt Gore could be the surprise packet of the evening, and trainer Hill summed up his approach to boxing with a simple statement: “This boy comes to fight.”
Hill said he's happy to support Russell Thomas, boxing trainer at the Gladstone PCYC, and the night's entertainment should be excellent.
There'll be about 20 bouts on the card, while Paul Gallen and his brother Peter will be special guests with other dignitaries.
The PCYC Fight Night gets underway at 6.30, with doors open at 5.30. Tickets are on sale on the night, $12 for adults, $6 for pensioners and students.