Rising stars post wins

TRIUMPH: Whyalla fighters Louis Polkinghorne, left, and Ben Friedrich

TRIUMPH: Whyalla fighters Louis Polkinghorne, left, and Ben Friedrich

Young up-and-coming local boxers Louis Polkinghorne and Ben Friedrich have registered impressive wins in the past month.

Both young guns, who are being trained by Warlocks Whyalla Gym Head Trainer Justin Fennell, were on the undercard for Boxing SA's annual competition at the Dom Polski Centre in Adelaide.

The event was an elite fighting show that featured 17 amateur bouts.

Coming off a loss in a tight contest at Iron Gloves in May, Louis was determined to win his bout and 'trained his butt off' for six weeks ahead of the fight, focusing on his strength and conditioning.

It paid off, with Louis outboxing his opponent to win by unanimous decision.

"It was great to get that win because I obviously worked really hard, this is the sport I really love and am passionate about," Louis said.

"I focused on finding the right range for my punches and being more aggressive during the fight."

Meanwhile Ben, who also lost his bout at Iron Gloves, secured a TKO/stoppage win over his opponent, who was competing in his first fight.

"It was good to go away and put Whyalla on the map. It's the team around these boys that has got them to this point as athletes," Mr Fennell said.

Louis will be competing at the Golden Gloves in Queensland this Thursday, Friday and Saturday - his first time traveling interstate for a fight.

"It would mean a lot to get a win at Golden Gloves. You want to do your best and if you get some wins then it opens a lot of doors for the future," Louis said.

"It will be a great experience for him, he's been working pretty hard and has gotten a lot stronger," Mr Fennell said.

Training for the fighters at Warlocks has gone beyond just physical preparation, with Mindset Coach Peter Borda providing classes focused on fight mentality.

"I believe the mental side of fighting is so important. I've been to a couple of sessions and I was blown away by how he managed to get into their heads," Mr Fennell said.

"He has been a massive help."

Whyalla fighters Connor Little, Kalan Benson and Daniel Nelson will be competing in the PRIDE Muay Thai show in Adelaide next month.

This will be followed by the Boxing SA State Boxing Championships later this year, with a number of local fighters to compete.