Ben punches out four wins on his way to title

By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au

GUN Gladstone boxer Ben McEachran was happy to be home yesterday after winning his fifth Australian championships in Perth on Sunday.

The 24-year-old was in fine form at the championships, winning all four bouts, and believes he is ready for June's Commonwealth Games trials.

'I was happy with my form at the titles, it was sweet to regain the title back after losing it last year,' McEachran said.

'It was a good lead-up for me to the Commonwealth trials and gives me plenty of confidence for that competition.'

The win in Perth was made sweeter for McEachran who had his parents Kathy and Don, sister Susan and girlfriend Thallon in his corner.

'To have all my family and Thallon in Perth was great for me and it is nice they were there to provide support,' he said.

McEachran who won a bronze medal at the 2002 Commonwealth Games believes he is better boxer now than he was in Manchester. "That experience was fantastic for me in Manchester and I have improved since then,' he said.

'I am probably a bit smarter and have developed my punching power with Mick (Daly).'

McEachran paid tribute to his coach Mick Daly who has coached Ben for nearly a decade and seen him develop into the boxer he is today.

'Mick has been a great coach for me and taught me so much about the sport, I have had plenty of success with him,' he said.

McEachran now returns to his training schedule which includes a home-town appearance in the State of Origin boxing fight night on April 23.

'The support I have had from all the people in Gladstone is great and I hope they will enjoy the fight night in a couple of weeks.

'Until then, I will keep training hard and working towards the big goal which is the Commonwealth Games trials,' he said.



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