Gladstone's Rocky a rising star
By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au
IF YOU thought there was just one Rocky in boxing, then you were wrong because Gladstone's Rocky Jerkic is one young star on the rise.
An offer to team up with respected Brisbane trainer Bernie McFadyen will see the 16-year-old Jerkic further his promising career in the State Capital.
McFadyen has a promising stable of boxers and the chance for the talented Jerkic to join his gym was too good to refuse.
"When I was offered the opportunity to train with a professional trainer and learn from the best, I couldn't believe it ? it was too good to knock back,'' Jerkic said.
Since starting the sport as a five-year-old, Rocky has developed a great reputation as a class boxer and now sits poised for greater things.
The move to Brisbane will allow him to pursue his main goal of representing Australia at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing and Rocky is confident he has got what it takes to reach that level.
"I want to improve as a boxer by working on my technique and to fight at the Olympics is what I want,'' he said.
He will get plenty of opportunities to develop his craft under McFadyen who travels throughout Australia and overseas to give his boxers regular strong competition.
"I am looking forward to travelling around and getting plenty of good fights while with Bernie,'' he said.
Rocky who has fought most of his career to date as a lightweight is expected to build up to fight as a welterweight ? the same division as one of his idols Kostya Tszyu.
"If I can stay around 66-68 kilos then I will be in the best possible shape to fight and that is very important,'' he said.
As for a pro career, Rocky just wants to let time tell the story.
"If it happens, then it happens so I am only going to worry about now and go from there,'' he said.
Rocky also wanted thank all the people who have helped him along the way including everyone at the Gladstone PCYC, John Kendall and Gary Cowburn.
"I really could not have done it without their support and I thank them a lot.