Gympie boxer Courtney Kingston
Gympie boxer Courtney Kingston Renee Pilcher

Kingston's a boxing standout

BOXING: Gympie's stand-in boxing wonder Courtney Kingston has done it again, fighting her way to her second title while standing-in for her sick sparring partner.

Kingston, a 68kg welterweight, put her hand up to fight 76kg middleweight opponent Ariane Daniela in Caloundra City boxing's State of Origin III Women's Title on July 21, after Queensland rep and sparring partner Linda "Ice" Eliason pulled out sick.

Kingston, the "Experiment" of trainers Israel Kani and Bruce MacFie, said she had been fighting well in practice with Eliason so was keen to take on NSW's Daniela, even though it would be a big jump in weight range.

"I talked about it with my trainers and we decided it wasn't too big of a risk," Kingston said.

Kingston took to the ring to face Daniela for what would be her second title from four registered fights, two of which she fought as the stand-in.

Kingston said she had Daniela where she wanted her, thanks to speed and endurance.

But after running through the fight with her trainers, she said her winning performance could still be improved.

"I need to work on being smarter and picking my shots better, which should translate into a better knockout," she said.

The stand-in victory is the second for Kingston in her first year of fighting, and comes after claiming the Australian Ladies' Global Amateur Welterweight title in June while standing in for champ Pascale Hegarty.

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