In what started as ‘a bit of a challenge’ in a charity fight night in 2016 has changed the lives of Townsville’s Thomas Utromu and Cairns’ Karim Yorkston, who fought in the main event at Knuckles Boxing Clubs tournament last night in Townsville.
In April 2016, Thomas weighed 135kg but decided to put his hand up for a charity fight. Karim was a whopping 200kg, having already lost 20kg, but also decided to try his luck in the ring.
This event completely changed the lives of both men, particularly Karim, who has gone on to lose another 80kg, continue boxing and is currently weighing in at a fit 120kg.
Karim has contributed his lifestyle change solely to boxing and now has a deep passion for the sport, which he shows every time he steps in the ring to represent the Thursday Island based club Zenadth Kes.
“I honestly don’t know where I would be today without boxing.” Yorkston states.
“I thank God for introducing me to boxing and it has helped me with everything in my personal life.
I’d be lost without it.”
The proud Torres Strait Islander continued, “I want to show others that anything is possible in life when we dedicate ourselves and put our minds to it. It’s all up to us as individuals, this is for anything in life not just health and fitness.”
Thomas himself has made drastic changes, coming down from 135kg and is now weighing 117kg. Training at the Art of Strength Boxing club, Thomas has gone on to establish himself as a quality Super Heavyweight, racking up experience and competing at Golden Glove, State and National Titles.
“Karim was a lot fitter than I thought.” Said Utromu.
“I was expecting the first two rounds we would go a bit easy, but he came straight out hard and I had to go with him.” He continued.
“I was proud to be able to fight him and have two Torres Strait Islanders headlining a card in Townsville.
I thank Karim for stepping up and giving me a good test.” Pronounced Utromu, who has double the experience of Yorkston.
The pair battled it out in a hard fought, action packed 4 rounds in front of a packed crowd at the Ross Island Hotel.
In the end it was Utromu’s experience that came through and he got the nod by unanimous decision over the very game and tough Yorkston.