Goorambat boxer Tommy Newton is making waves inside and outside the boxing ring.
Recently the 18-year-old won his fifth career fight in Melbourne during the Johnny Famechon Cup in Parkville.
Newton won the elite category after taking on a ‘‘much bigger, stronger, taller’’ opponent and winning on a unanimous points decision.
‘‘I thought my first round was a tad slow, but in the second and third it turned out I was a lot fitter than my opponent and I kind of rolled him over after that ... he looked stronger and bigger than he was, thankfully,’’ Newton said with a laugh.
Following the fight Newton met former world champion Australian boxer Famechon, who attended the tournament.
‘‘I was a bit starstruck actually — I think I was gawking. (Famechon) asked me if I won and I said I did, he congratulated me. Then he told Lenny (Griffiths, Newton’s trainer) that footwork was the key to it,’’ Newton said.
Newton has also landed a big helping hand for himself and those who train with local identity and boxing coach Griffiths in Benalla, in the form of $500 from the Benalla Young Sportspersons Trust.
Trust member Scott Upston said he was pleased to present Newton with the cheque, and the trust was always looking to support up-and-coming sporting stars from Benalla.
Newton said he was keen to use the money to buy equipment for the boxing gym to help not only himself, but also the group of young boxers under Griffiths’ wing.
Newton has already settled on a date for his next fight and is waiting for an opponent to step into the ring with him.
‘‘Our next one hopefully will be on the 23rd (of April) in Werribee if they can sort an opponent out for me,’’ he said.
Griffiths said the open state title fight in July was this year’s goal for Newton. He said he wanted to push on with Newton’s development and to see him fight his way up the state ranks.
‘‘I mean, if you win the Victorian title you move onto the national title and there’s the Commonwealth Games next year,’’ Griffiths said.
‘‘But he hasn’t had enough experience yet.’’