Boxing standard high at State of Origin



CHANGES to the card are not expected to take anything away from the high standard of fights at Gladstone Amateur Boxing Club's State of Origin night next Saturday.

Gladstone's senior boxers Ben McEachran and Daniel Beahan will now face different opponents at the event, to be staged at the GABC clubhouse, after their respective rivals Mick Ninnes and Steve Rudic were forced to pull out.

McEachran's light-heavyweight bout against highly-ranked ACT fighter Mick Ninnes was cancelled after Ninnes suffered torn shoulder tendons.

Instead, McEachran will take aim against three-time Australian under-19 champ, Dennis Arthur also of the ACT. McEachran is favoured to win the bout but will face a tough challenge from rising star Arthur.

With Rudic sidelined after being knocked out while representing Australia, Beahan's new heavyweight opponent is yet to be announced but looks likely to be a top-line Victorian.

Gladstone hard-hitters Doug May and Steven Mylne will also line up on the night.

Junior light-heavyweight fighter Jeffrey Taylor also faces a tough challenge in the form of Queensland champion Aaron Russell of Logan City.

Taylor will be out to avenge his loss at the state titles when, after the pair finished equal on points, the decision was handed to Russell on a countback.

Other Gladstone fighters who will shape up to ACT opponents next Saturday include George Katsanevas, Ben Jarvis and Anthony Taylor while Matthew Pegg will take on a Maryborough opponent.

GABC coach Mick Daly said the club's young fighters, including Sean Evans, Liam Nicolson and Brendan Masters, would compete.

Evans perhaps faces the toughest task, taking on Queensland 36kg sub junior titleholder Troy Percy (17 wins, no losses).

Daly expected between 20-25 fights would be contested on the night with tickets $15 per person and available at the door on the night. Doors open at 6pm with the first fight to start before 7pm.



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