Ben boxes smoothly in worlds' preparation
By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au
GLADSTONE'S Ben McEachran's preparation for next month's World Boxing Championships continues to travel smoothly with a strong win at last Saturday's Tasman Cup Challenge in Victoria.
The 24-year-old had a good win over the uniquely-named Zig Zag Wallace during the Australian team's comfortable clean sweep of New Zealand in Bendigo.
The challenge pitted the two countries' Commonwealth Games squads against each other and the Aussies came up trumps, winning all seven bouts on the strong fight card.
But back to McEachran, who was never seriously threatened in his light heavyweight (81kg) bout, winning by a comfortable 18 points ? 58 to 40.
Coach Mick Daly, who was not in Bendigo for the challenge, said he was told McEachran always had control of the fight.
'I rang Bodo (Boxing Australia head coach Bodo Andreas) after the fight and he said Ben had won fairly easily,' Daly said.
'He ran out of a bit of steam in the last round, but was in full control.'
Daly said McEachran was fit and was in tip-top shape for the Worlds starting on November 12 after a fine workout at the Boxing Australia training camp held in Canberra.
'When I last talked to Ben he was going well and really had been performing strongly at the camp,' Daly said.
Daly added McEachran is currently doing it tough in the pocket, with the lack of finances associated with representing his country making life tough.
'You don't really want to have financial problems when you are representing your country.
'So if anyone wants to help out they can get in touch with me,' he said.