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Winning combination: Jules Vassalos with her co-coach Mikey Jenner

By PHILIP CHANDLER

A Queenstown fitness instructor’s fought above her weight category to claim a South
Island boxing title.

Fight Science’s Jules Vassalos took out the South Island Golden Gloves novice 69kg title,
in Christchurch, even though she’s only 64kg.

The 25-year-old, who’s now undefeated in five bouts, defeated Abigail Howe, of Christchurch, in a unanimous points decision.

‘‘She was probably the toughest opponent I’ve had so far.

‘‘She had a nice over hand right, but that was pretty much the only risky thing I was facing.’’

Originally from Canada, Vassalos moved to Queenstown four years ago and got into the sport after an Industrial Fitness manager suggested she join a boxing bootcamp.

She’s had to go up a weight category for all but one of her fights ‘‘because there’s just no one about [at 64kg]’’.

Asked what she likes about boxing, she says ‘‘I like the competitiveness and just the all-round commitment you have to give, like you’ve got to be 100%’’.

‘‘I wouldn’t go into the ring if I thought I wasn’t going to win.’’

She also gives credit to her trainers Mikey Jenner and Rob Horrocks.

As for the future, ‘‘I just want to keep my head down and just keep training and then just see where I end up’’.

‘‘I’m having fun, I’m still learning — I’ll just keep doing it until I don’t want to do it any more.’’

Meanwhile, Fight Science boxer E.J.Wang lost his 64kg bout at the same Golden Gloves
tournament in a split decision.

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