Golden weekend for boxing team
By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au
A POSSIBLE place at next year's Commonwealth Games beckons for Gladstone's Ben McEachran after he won gold at the Commonwealth Games Boxing Challenge held in Melbourne last weekend.
The 24-year-old Yarwun product displayed some of his best career form to take home the gold medal for the tough light-heavyweight (86kg) division.
As a result, McEachran has been named in the Commonwealth Games squad, but will have to wait until the official word comes through to confirm his place in next year's team.
Coach Mick Daly was rapt with McEachran's display, adding his charge was in 'awesome' form.
"Ben was just too big, too fast and too experienced for them,'' Daly said.
"He was simply awesome, no-one gave him a chance because of this Victorian named Jamie Bogovic, but Ben proved to be too good for him.''
Unfortunately, there wasn't the same good news for McEachran's Gladstone Amateur Boxing Club team-mate Daniel Beahan who had to settle for a silver medal in the heavyweight (91kg plus) division.
Like McEachran, Beahan who fought at 91 kilograms, saved his best form for the championships.
Beahan showed his never-say-die attitude to come back and win from 12 points down in his first fight in Melbourne.
And he backed that effort up with a great display in the final against his massive 106 kilogram opponent.
Beahan dominated the early stages to lead the first couple of rounds before surrending that lead in the third round.
Midway through the fourth and last round, Beahan was on fire and was in front with the judges inside the last minute.
But his giant opponent rallied and took the win by two points.
As a result, Beahan picked up the silver and named as a reserve for the Commonwealth Games squad.
Coach Daly had nothing but praise for Beahan's performance, saying he fought like a demon.
"Daniel was so close, he put on a great show against his much bigger opponents.
"It was a great effort,'' he said.