McEachran fighting fit for bout



GLADSTONE boxers will put a heavy off-season training program into use this weekend when they head south to fight at Maroochydore and Brisbane.

Ben McEachran will head the Gladstone contingent which will also consist of Steve Mylne, brothers Jeffrey and Anthony Taylor, Matthew Pegg and George Katsanevas in bouts at Maroochydore tomorrow night.

McEachran will take on Hunter Sam, the son of a former Australian champion fighter Doug, while Mylne will also tackle a thorny customer in the form of Maroochydore's Phil Maley.

The remainder of the Gladstone fighters will meet challenges from a New Zealand touring team.

All fighters will then back up the next night to contest a fight night in Beenleigh.

It will be a busy couple of weeks for McEachran who will travel to Perth the following week for a showdown with 2004 Olympic Games representative Adam Forsyth.

McEachran's coach Mick Daly is expecting the bout to be a tough one for his pupil but said the Yarwun product was in top shape as he chases down a 2006 Commonwealth Games berth.

'Ben's been training well and looking very strong,' Daly said. 'It will be a good challenge for us.

'Adam's the heavyweight champ and Ben's giving away 9kg so it will be a hard fight.'

McEachran is travelling to Perth at the request of Forsyth's camp who are aware of his fighting qualities.



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