McEachran steps up his gold medal campaign



GLADSTONE'S Ben McEachran will take another step toward earning his second Commonwealth Games appearance when he contests the 2005 Oceania Games in New Guinea this month.

McEachran will spend a week in training camp at Runaway Bay on the Gold Coast from next Sunday before contesting the Oceania Games from June 11-18.

The Yarwun product won bronze at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester and is stepping up his campaign to win another medal next year.

Meanwhile, McEachran's clubmate Larry Chapman found his fire and George Katsanevas earned his revenge in a mixed night of results for Gladstone Amateur Boxing Club fighters in Beenleigh on Saturday night.

Chapman, who fought in the 83kg division, produced what coach Mick Daly described as a 'bottler of a fight' to win his bout.

'It was his best ever fight ? he punched holes through the bloke for three rounds,' Daly said.

'After the second round the guy (opponent) just didn't want to be there anymore.'

Also in great touch was Katsanevas who defeated Queensland champion Corey Weston of Toowoomba in their 62kg bout.

Katsanevas turned the tables on Weston, who beat the Gladstone fighter to snare the state championship earlier this year, with just the one point-scoring punch separating the two on Saturday night.

There was little other joy for Gladstone fighters on the night with Sheila Daly's bout against state and national champion Jasmine Ward being stopped when Daly, although behind on points, still looked to be a chance.

Youngsters Liam Nicolson and Sean Evans fought heavier opponents but were not at their best in going down on points.

Ben Jarvis, 14, in his third 60kg division fight for the club, walked into a big punch from his opponent and, although having the points lead at the time, had the fight stopped by the referee after he was knocked to the canvas.



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