Smeaton Grange boxers make their mark in state, national titles

Impressive: Brianna Harrison, Gus Guardia, Jenna Godkin, Angus Holt, Danvers Cuschieri, Adam Sapienza and Blake Sapienza. Picture: Simon Bennett
Impressive: Brianna Harrison, Gus Guardia, Jenna Godkin, Angus Holt, Danvers Cuschieri, Adam Sapienza and Blake Sapienza. Picture: Simon Bennett

Competitors better watch out - a slew of boxers from one Smeaton Grange gym are ready to knock them out.

Boxers young and old have impressed at recent state and national tournaments under the tutelage of Grange High Performance's owner Anthony Redward.

Jenna Godkin picked up the Australian Golden Gloves 69kg title and was also named NSW Novice State Champion, while Blake Sapienza earned the NSW 63kg open championship.

Adam Sapienza won the NSW 91kg+ masters title and Danvers Cuschieri claimed the 81kg state title.

Other top results included Brianna Harrison's 54kg state title, Gus Guardia's silver medal at the state championships and 11-year-old Angus Holt's 2-0 record.

Redward said all the boxers showed great team dedication.

"They really push each other as a team, they keep each other motivated," he said.

"Another of our boxers, Taylah Gentzen, also takes a real mentoring role with them."

Redward said the Golden Gloves tournament featured 500 of the best boxers across the country, so he was hugely impressed with his team's performances.

He encouraged anyone in Macarthur considering taking up boxing to give the sport a try.

"Boxing is a great leveller," he said.

"It doesn't matter how old you are, what you do as a career, when you walk through those doors you're the same.

"It's a great sport."

Redward said he had high hopes for his young boxers, noting Angus was a "kid to watch" and Cuschieri - their "in-house Mike Tyson" - was an "up-and-comer with explosive power in his fights".