McEachran wins fifth title
By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au
POWERFUL Gladstone boxer Ben McEachran is back where he belongs after winning his fifth Australian title in Perth on Sunday.
McEachran was too good for New South Welshman Shane Lodge in the light heavyweight gold medal bout, knocking out his opponent midway through the second round.
The 24-year-old was always in control of the fight and very pleased to regain his Australian title after losing the prestigious crown in 2004.
"I really wanted to win it (the title) again after losing it last year,'' McEachran said. "The final went very well and it was good to finish him with a knockout."
McEachran finished Lodge with a nice right hook which came shortly after the Gladstone boxer dropped him to the canvas in the second round.
"I was happy enough with how the tournament went for me,'' he said.
"It is always pretty sweet to win the Australian title.'' Coach Mick Daly was proud of his charge, adding Ben's display in the final was top-notch.
"Ben fought very well in the final,'' Daly said. "He always looked in control from my view and was just too good for his opponents.''
The result keeps him right on track for the Commonwealth Games selection trials next month.
McEachran's gold was not the only local medal from the titles, with Gladstone Amateur Boxing Club team-mates Daniel Beahan and Jeffrey Taylor bringing home silver.
Beahan showed plenty before losing on points to the aptlynamed Brad Pitt from Victoria in the heavyweight division.
Daly said Beahan began slowly in his bout with Pitt, but came home like a steam train to go down by two points.
Taylor who has been battling a chronic shoulder problem was gallant in defeat against tough Victorian Jamie Bogovic.
Bogovic was in scintillating form and Taylor did well to stay in the fight to the finish.
Unfortunately the trip to Perth was a tough one for big Dallas Cleary who was knocked out cold in the third round against the ACT's Steve Rudic.