Daly confident fighters will collect several titles
By CRAIG ROSScraigr@gladstoneobserver.com.au
GLADSTONE Amateur Boxing Club coach Mick Daly is confident his charges can capture five or six belts when the State Titles are battled out in Maryborough this weekend.
The club will send a 14-strong lineup to the titles ? a figure which could have been greater but for the unavailability of senior fighters Doug May (illness) and Steve Mylne (broken sternum) and junior Brendan Masters (back injury).
Although Mylne's injury is a tough break, it bodes well for Ben McEachran's title hopes ? the sternum break coming as a result of Mylne's sparring session with the Commonwealth Games representative.
McEachran will fight in the light-heavyweight (under-81kg) division and, with heavyweight Daniel Beahan (under-91kg), is one of those favoured by Daly to return with a state title belt.
'I'm expecting big things from those two,' Daly said.
However, Daly said all of his fighters had trained well in the lead-up to the titles, giving themselves the best chance of success.
Open women fighters Sheila Daly (54kg) and Emma Carruthers (60kg) face tough asks in their respective divisions with Oceania champion Shannon O'Connell in Daly's division and tested Yeppoon fighter Sheree Ranger in Carruther's group.
Despite that, Daly was confident both Gladstone women would put up strong title bids along with men's under-17 fighters Jeff Taylor (u/80kg) and Larry Chapman (o/80kg).
'They way they've both been training and fighting I expect they should go well,' Daly said.
Others lining up this weekend are Matthew Pegg (u/15, 66kg), Anthony Taylor (u/14, u/64kg), George Katsanevas (u/15, u/55kg), Ben Jarvis (u/15 u/53kg) and under-12 trio Rhys Evans (u/36kg), Liam Nicolson (u/34kg) and Sean Evans (u/32kg). The titles, to be staged at the Maryborough Town Hall, will start on Saturday and be completed Sunday.