Stand-in wins title on debut
COURTNEY "the Experiment" Kingston is the new Australian Ladies Global Amateur Welterweight Champion, and the prestigious title is the result of her first fight.
The Gympie 19-year-old is the project of some of Queensland's fighting elite and she's made them proud in her debut fight against the Sunshine Coast's Amie Mazzaracca in Caloundra on Saturday.
Kingston is the "Experiment" of former Australian super-middleweight boxing champion Israel Kani and Brisbane Muay Thai veteran Bruce "Preacher" MacFie.
She earned the name because she's working with Kani and MacFie to develop a one-of-a-kind combination of tactics.
Kingston is proving herself lethal and is pumped for another fight as soon as she can get one.
The model-worthy Kingston is after as much experience as she can get in the ring, and is training hard to improve the chances of her next win.
She says while she put her best efforts into the fight, she didn't step into the ring looking for the win as much as she did experience.
Kani said Kingston put her hand up for the fight after sparing partner and Amateur boxing champ Pascale "Paz" Lowe pulled out due to a shoulder injury.
"Court approached me and asked, 'Can I have a shot? The worst I can do is lose'," Kani said.
The win was a well-earned bonus for Kingston, who says she will fight as much as she can to improve her skills and drive herself towards a professional career.
She said every fight will teach her more about boxing, how to change up her tactics and sharpen her skills in the ring.
"My technique is constantly changing," Kingston said.
She said her ability to change things up, thanks to her versatile training, is one of her strengths and the reason for her success on Saturday.
Kingston has a passion for the sport, which shows in her eyes when she speaks about it, and that passion extends beyond the fight ring to training.
"I love every single thing about boxing, even training.
"By the time I've finished training, I've learned new things about how to stand or how to punch," Kingston says.
She said she's lucky to enjoy training so much and thrives on the challenge that comes with each session.
Kingston, who Kani says is "gifted", has a successful future in her sights which she hopes will lead her to the Commonwealth Games and professional fights.