Ben stays confident despite tour losses
By CRAIG ROSScraigr@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org
BEN McEachran's confidence ahead of the Melbourne Common- wealth Games has not been swayed despite recording losses on the Australian team tour to Norway and Hungary.
McEachran, who returned to Canberra with his Gladstone Am- ateur Boxing Club and Australian coach Mick Daly on Tuesday, will now train alongside his team-mates and the Croatian team ahead of an international tourna- ment in Melbourne on February 17.
The Gladstone fighter is matched up to meet Croatian world silver medallist Mario Sivo- lija in the light-heavyweight divi- sion at the Melbourne event.
Daly said his fighter had much work to do before the bout but his belief that he could win a Com- monwealth Games medal re-mained intact.
'Ben didn't fight that well ? he still has a lot of improvement to do,' Daly said before an Austra- lian team training session yes- terday.
'But he still has enough confi- dence in himself to believe he's a big show of winning a medal at the games.'
McEachran lost to Scotsman Kenneth Anderson in Norway on January 28 before the team moved to Hungary where he received a walkover win from Hungary's Ta- mak Akos last Thursday and lost to Ukrainian Poyat Sykadenys the following night.
Daly said McEachran had disappointed against Anderson, an opponent he thinks his charge can beat if they meet in Melbourne, but rated the Ukrainian fighter highly.
Daly said the team was bonding well and he was continuing to learn a lot in his new coaching role alongside head coach Bodo Andreass.