THREE promising fighters are modelling their game on Warrnambool-based professional Neekz Johnson as they make waves on the amateur circuit.
Rudy’s Boxing trio Dakotah Keane, Amy Gibbs and Katie Willsher all lifted state titles on the weekend, booking a place at the Under 19 Australian Boxing Championships next month.
Koroit-based fighter Charlie Edney also saluted on the weekend, claiming his maiden state crown.
Rudy’s Boxing coach Bess Slater said Johnson’s influence was paying dividends for the trio.
“They’ve got a future world champion in the gym to train with them, and she’s a great role model for them,” Slater said.
They’ve got a future world champion in the gym to train with them, and she’s a great role model.Bess Slater
“It’s great to have her train with them and they watch her every move.”
Slater said the trio were all but guaranteed fights at the national championships.
Edney’s coach and father, Lyndon, said Charlie used his supreme reach to lift his state crown against a “strong” opponent.
“(Charlie’s) best attribute is his ticker,” Lyndon said.
“His fitness and his desire to win are second to none. He just never throws in the towel.