Hill’s biggest bout
10 April, 2018, 12:00 am
WINSTON Hill’s biggest fight of his life will be against Scottish boxer Stephen Newns to progress to the semi-final in the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.
He will take on Newns in the 69 kilograms category at the Oxenford Studios today.
Hill, 24, last Saturday shocked everyone when he won his first bout in the Commonwealth Games winning against Lyndel Marcellin of Saint Lucia on points.
Coach Napoleon Taumoepeau said Hill was focused on the task at hand.
“Winston is more focused on this fight than I have ever seen him before. There have been times in the past when he has come up short and I feel like it’s due to the monotonous training over the past five years, sometimes he just gets bored,” he said a night before the fight.
“This time it is different, we are in uncharted waters and he is excited and focused.
“He was focused in his first bout but not like he is now. His determination is heavily driven by our country and the situation there.”
Hill and his hard working team with assistant coach Pauliasi Ratu and manager Manueli Lockwood have done their homework on the opponent.
“All competitors at this level are tough,” Taumoepeau said.
“The next opponent is tall, possesses a solid chin and has a high punch output.
“We have faced a few fighters very similar, upright European style; we are ready for this kid.”
Hill’s biggest achievement was when he competed in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, Brazil though he could not win a medal, but today it could be a day where he can progress to the gold medal if he wins.
“He is focused on the fight. I have stated many times in the past, when he is mentally focused, he can beat anybody and right now he is focused like never before,” he added.
The fight will take place at 3.20pm.