Journey begins to Commonwealth Games
By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au
GLADSTONE boxer Dan Beahan's path to next year's Commonwealth Games starts tomorrow night in Brisbane.
The 21-year-old power puncher heads to the capital for the first stage of Commonwealth Games qualifying and is favoured to beat his Caboolture opponent.
It has been a hectic preparation for Beahan, mixing his Wallabys football commitments with boxing training over recent weeks.
'I have been pretty busy in the lead-up to this fight, but that was because I only decided late on to have a crack at the Commonwealth Games,' Beahan said.
Beahan has decided to step up to the super-heavyweight division for his Commonwealth Games challenge. This is a decision that could pay off big time for Beahan, with a dearth of genuine contenders in this division.
'The super-heavyweight has less blokes than the heavyweight, so if I can handle taking on the bigger blokes then I am a real chance,' he said.
Beahan added his speed in the ring would be a major asset in this division, with the average boxer well over 100kg.
'I know the top bloke in superheavyweight and I reckon I can beat him so I can get to take him on, the Commonwealth Games is a big possibility,'he said.
If Beahan gets this fight, he will return to Brisbane next weekend alongside his Gladstone Amateur Boxing Club team-mate Ben McEachran in the last Queensland qualifying round.
Even then, the pair would need to win at the Australian Titles in Melbourne to get onto the Games team.
The pair's coach Mick Daly said both boys definitely have the talent to get through and as long they are switched on, they should be part of the boxing team for the games.