Harrison Cummins wins PCYC King of the Ring tournament

One week ago, young Goulburn boxing talent Harrison Cummins won his final in Blacktown to become the new PCYC King of the Ring. 

King of the ring: Cummins (left) with trainer and mentor Glenn Oag shortly after his victory in the King of the Ring final last Saturday in Blacktown. Photo: Goulburn PCYC

King of the ring: Cummins (left) with trainer and mentor Glenn Oag shortly after his victory in the King of the Ring final last Saturday in Blacktown. Photo: Goulburn PCYC

The 21-year-old competed in the 69kg Novice division, and won all three of his fights comfortably to take out the title. 

”They were alright,” Cummins said of his opponents. 

“I was a little bit better than them, but they put up a good fight. I didn’t lose a round, anyway.”

The ease with which Cummins earned his result belies the hard work he has put in since starting boxing two and a half years ago. 

Despite the relative straightforwardness of his title, Cummins said, “it felt good, it felt real good”. 

“My coach was pretty chuffed as well. He puts in a lot of effort. When we all succeed, it makes everyone happy.”

He trains four times a week under the watchful eye of Glenn Oag, and Cummins was quick to praise his coach.

“He puts in a heap of effort at no cost,” Cummins said.

“He volunteers there at the PCYC and we train Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. 

“We’re travelling away on weekends, and he’s doing that out of his own pocket.” 

The tournament took place over the weekends of July 28-29 and August 4-5. 

Cummins fought on the first Saturday and Sunday, then his third fight – the final – took place the following Saturday. 

The youngster’s trademark aggressive style of fighting, in which he overwhelms his opponents with a high volume of strong punches and dominates the centre of the ring, was on display throughout the tournament. 

This tactic is not, however, a symptom of any hot-headedness on Cummins’ part. Instead, he explained, it comes about as a result of his intense focus, which heightens in the week leading up to the fight. 

“I’ve never been a fighter, so to speak, outside of the ring,” he said. 

“I’ve never been in a pub brawl or anything like that. Just in the moment you get pretty revved up. It’s all part of the moment [in the ring].

“You can either go one of two ways: you can either get psyched up and that, or some people get a bit scared.

“You just sort of get more focused than anything, not angry.”

Victory in his three tournament bouts took Cummins to a perfect record of four fights and four wins, and while he doesn’t have a specific goal in mind for his boxing, he wants to see how far he can get. 

“I’ll keep going the way that I’m going at the moment,” Cummins said. 

“I suppose I want to step up to the next level and see how I go there. 

“I’m definitely happy to give it a crack for the next few years, anyway.”