Games training moves to Europe


GLADSTONE pair Mick Daly and Ben McEachran take another pivotal step in their Commonwealth Games preparations when they depart with the Australian boxing team for Europe on Monday.

The pair will head to Oslo, Norway and Budapest, Hungary where lightheavyweight McEachran and his teammates will contest one fight in each of the cities as well as attending training camps under the guidance of trainer Daly and the coaching staff.

McEachran has barely been home in recent months, returning briefly from the team camp at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra, and will not be spotted here again until after the Games have concluded in late March.

After he and Daly return to Australia on February 9, they will return to the AIS for another training camp before the team takes on Croatia in Melbourne with McEachran to meet world championships silver medallist Mario Sivolija.

Daly will return to Gladstone on February 18 while McEachran will continue training with the team in Canberra. Daly was yesterday looking forward to the Australian tour to Europe.

'I'm quite excited about this trip,' he said.

'I always learn more from the training camps than I do from the fights so it'll be good to bring that knowledge back to my Gladstone fighters.'

Daly said McEachran, by all reports, was training well and in great shape in Canberra.

He said his charge would face top class opposition in Norway and Hungary but would be ready for the challenge.

'After seeing what he did at the world titles ... he's right up there with the best of them,' Daly said.

Daly said Gladstone fighters would return to training when the Gladstone Amateur Boxing Club doors re-opened from 6pm-7.30pm on February 6.

Sheila Daly will conduct fitness training and Adrian Taylor will look after the boxing in Mick Daly's absence.

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