Geraldton junior boxers Frauke Rawlings, Eric Kyanga, Jett Hewison on way to big things after Mano a Mano wins

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Eric Kyanga, Frauke Rawlings and Jett Hewison.
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The future is looking bright for three junior boxers.

Frauke Rawlings, Eric Kyanga and Jett Hewison won belts at the World War II Mano a Mano event in November and are continuing their development in the sweet science.

Kyanga has a chance to add to his accomplishments this weekend.

He will be at the Boxing WA Spring Novice and Intermediate State Titles at the Serbian Club in Maddington, along with Hurtslea Courage/Peacocks Boxing teammate Tane Hough.

Rawlings has just moved a step closer to a dream of making the Golden Gloves and boxing at national championships, coming off her second interstate bout right after her local title fight.

Rawlings lost a split decision to Queensland fighter Sahara Dempsey in the semi-finals at the Australian Champions of the Ring event at Adelaide 36ers Arena in SA in November.

She said she had not expected to be bitten by the boxing bug so hard.

“I would love to be a Golden Gloves champion and represent WA,” Rawlings said.

“I just wanted to get fit, then found out I loved hitting things.”

She said she boxed three to five times a week, did weights and running, and was working to keep her hands up, add dimensions to her boxing and not leave herself open to straight punches.

Her coach, Jake Peacock, who also organised Mano a Mano, said she was an aggressive, orthodox fighter who loved to come forward and the best result of her 2-10 career so far was her first interstate bout.

That fight was a disputed loss at the Australian Club Championships in SA in April against fellow West Aussie Indiana Timms — but Peacock said the future was looking brighter.

“She (Rawlings) lifted to the occasion, landed the stronger punches throughout, including a great left hook to end the first round,” he said.

“She has been showing tremendous improvement, adding more head movement and body punching to her repertoire.

“Rumour has it that she has dropped a couple of sparring partners in training.”

Hewison, the third belt-winner at Mano a Mano, is out due to injury but will be prepping for next year’s fight season.

At Mano a Mano, which ran at Geraldton’s Queens Park Theatre, Kyanga used overhand rights to force a stoppage in the second round against Broome’s Baden Trunfio.

Rawlings beat Mandurah’s Oceana Stevenson in a unanimous decision on the night, landing strong punches to the body.

Hewison won a unanimous decision against Broome’s Blake Wilton.

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