GOING FOR GOLD: Cameroon boxer Junior Essiane and head boxing coach Alain Didier Ngaicha at the Warwick Boxing Club gym.
GOING FOR GOLD: Cameroon boxer Junior Essiane and head boxing coach Alain Didier Ngaicha at the Warwick Boxing Club gym. Gerard Walsh

Golden hopes for boxers from Cameroon

BOXING: Cameroon boxing head coach Alain Didier Ngatcha rates all of his team of eight as medal chances in the Commonwealth Games at the Gold Coast.

Five of the boxing team are men and three are women.

"They are all medal chances," he said.

The team is undertaking two two-hour sessions each day at the Warwick Boxing Club gym.

"We will have some spars against Warwick boxers on Saturday at the gym," he said.

One of his best medal chances is Junior Essiane who will compete in the 75kg women's division.

She has been boxing for six years and has had eight fights for eight wins, two by knockout.

Two months ago, she competed in a tournament in India.

"My right hand is my best punch," she said.

 

 

Away from her boxing career, Essiane competes in mixed martial arts and is a dietician which she admits helps with her own career.

She is impressed with the training facilities available at the Warwick Boxing Club gym.

"I will be training hard in the next two weeks to get fit for the games," she said.

"I am a bit nervous, I don't yet know who I will be fighting in the first round.

"I want to win the gold medal and believe I have a good chance."

Cameroon wrestling, badminton, track and field, basketball and weightlifting teams are also in town to train.

A large crowd attended yesterday's Mayor Leadership Breakfast.



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