Ben McEachran is one of two Gladstone boxers on track to represent Australia
Ben McEachran is one of two Gladstone boxers on track to represent Australia

Fighters ready for games

By CRAIG ROSScraigr@gladstoneobserver.com.au

GLADSTONE Amateur Boxing Club coach Mick Daly believes his charges Ben McEachran and Daniel Beahan are on track to represent Australia at next year's Commonwealth Games in Melbourne.

Although he missed the chance to see Beahan in action last Saturday night, being unable to line up a challenger for his young heavyweight charge at the club's State of Origin fight night, Daly was impressed with McEachran's hitout.

McEachran was too powerful for ACT challenger and threetime national under-19 champion Dennis Arthur in their lightheavyweight clash on Saturday night and Daly felt the Gladstone fighter had plenty in reserve.

"From my point of view, Ben only did what he had to do,'' Daly said.

"People say 'but Dennis is only 19' but they don't realise that Ben was the Australian heavyweight champ at 18 so age has nothing to do with it.

"Dennis was going flat out and I didn't think Ben got out of second gear.

"There's no doubt that Dennis is a good boy but I think he's a late bloomer. He'll be the next national light-heavyweight champion but only after Ben retires.''

Beahan will have his chance to shine on May 7 when he represents Queensland, alongside fellow Gladstone fighter Doug May, at an Anzac Tribute fight night in New Zealand.

Daly said both McEachran and Beahan were training hard and that Beahan would be better from spending time in the ring against quality NZ fighters.

"Everything's going alright. Ben and Daniel are heading in the right direction for the Commonwealth Games,'' Daly said.

An Australian berth for next year's Commonwealth Games would be a second for McEachran who won a heavyweight bronze in Manchester in 2002.



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