Ben McEachran steps up a weight division in tonight's fight.
Ben McEachran steps up a weight division in tonight's fight.

Ben steps up division in Perth fight

By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au

THE GOLDEN path to next year's Commonwealth Games in Melbourne continues tonight when top Yarwun boxer Ben McEachran fights Australian Olympian Adam Forsyth in Perth.

The talented 24-year-old who was a bronze medallist at the Manchester Commonwealth Games in 2002 steps up a weight division to take on Australia's top amateur heavyweight in what is expected to be a classic match-up.

McEachran has enjoyed a strong return to competition and is coming off an easy first-round knockout win over Kiwi Hunter Sam last weekend.

He has been working hard with coach Mick Daly and is very confident of his chances in the bout.

'I know that Adam is a tough fighter - he is going to be a hard opponent, but I can't wait to get into the ring with him and get a really strong fight,' McEachran said.

McEachran believes his speed in the ring is his major asset with a big nine kilogram difference between the pair.

'He is a bit bigger than me, but I think my speed is going to be a big asset over the four rounds,' he said.

There is no doubt McEachran is ready to rumble having watched a number of Forsyth's fights on DVD with his coach Mick Daly who believes he has devised a winning plan.

'Ben is ready to go, we have sat down and seen a few of his fights as preparation. We have worked on a plan for the fight and I think we are a great chance,' Daly said.

Daly knows this a big year for his young gun adding this fight is the second of an expected 10 fights for McEachran in 2005.

'It is not often that amateur boxers get 10 fights in a year, but we are trying to get him prepared for the Queensland Titles in March and the Australian titles in November,' he said.

And McEachran is feeling as fit as he has been in a long-time.

'I'm ready to go, the training I have been putting in with Mick has been great and I'm feeling very fit at the moment. 'Hopefully that is enough to win and keep working hard for the rest of this year,' he said.



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