Geraldton’s Peacocks Gym taking strong team to compete at State Novice Titles in Perth

Derek GoforthGeraldton Guardian
Ethan Slape, Leighton Reid, Timmy McAulliffe and Lexi Hallet.
Camera IconEthan Slape, Leighton Reid, Timmy McAulliffe and Lexi Hallet. Credit: Derek Goforth

Geraldton’s Peacocks Boxing Gym is buzzing with excitement as its formidable team prepares to compete in the upcoming State Novice Titles in Perth this weekend.

In what is set to be an action-packed weekend for his gym, coach Jake Peacock is enthusiastic about the upcoming challenges and his fighters’ chances.

Leading the charge is Timmy McAulliffe, a 63.5kg class boxer with two fights under his belt. Coming off a Bronze Gloves titles victory last November, McAulliffe is known for his intense training and is regarded as one of the heaviest hitters in the gym.

“Timmy trains extremely hard and pound for pound is one of the heaviest hitters in the gym. We’re confident heading into the final on Sunday,” Peacock said.

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Leighton Reid is yet to secure a win after three outings in two years, but has shown renewed determination. Peacock notes a significant improvement in Reid’s performance, attributing it to consistent training. Reid is set to compete in the Saturday semifinal with hopes of advancing to the final on Sunday.

Ethan Slape, in the 70kg class, is gearing up for the competition with two fights, including a win and a close loss at the regional championships. Despite becoming a father recently, Slape remains dedicated to his training. He is due to compete in a semifinal on Saturday.

Stu Vlahov, Peacocks Boxing Gym’s first super heavyweight, is seeking redemption after a disappointing loss at the regional championships. Despite his size being under 100kg, Vlahov is eager for the upcoming clashes and will be fighting in the Saturday semifinals with the potential for a final on Sunday.

Brian Clinch, a rising star in the youth 63kg class, is riding high after his best win at the regional championships.

“Blessed with a huge amount of talent, Brian will be one to watch for the future,” Peacock said.

Clinch is set to compete in the Sunday final, aiming to add another title to his growing trophy cabinet.

Kyson “Lil Babe” Crudeli, the current Bronze and Golden Gloves champ, is unable to secure a bout but looks to gain valuable experience through two exhibition matches. The talented boxer has his sights set on State selection later in the year.

Lexi Hallet had to withdraw from the women’s 75kg division due to injury.

“This is the largest team I’ve taken away, and I’m very excited. Been looking forward to the season starting. Can’t wait to see what this show and the whole year brings,” Peacock said.

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