Beahan adds another state title to list of wins
DAN Beahan has won another Queensland boxing title, possibly his most impressive on a list of wins so long he doesn't know how many there are.
The win comes after only two-and-a-half months of training on the back of a four-and-a-half-year layoff.
Fighting in the heavyweight division in Brisbane on the weekend, Beahan won two bouts to claim the throne.
"The first one was against a guy from Noosa. He was taller than me at 6'6" against my 6'2", it was a really technical boxing match, his style suited me," Beahan said.
"The second was really frustrating. He was out of reach and then would run in and grab me.
"I never felt threatened at all, it was just a matter of trying to score clean punches."
Beahan has seemed to take the win in his stride without getting too excited, perhaps because he knows there is only four months to savour the feeling.
The Queensland titles are on in March, and though he knows he will look to defend this title, as a former Olympian, a shot at Rio de Janeiro 2016 may be too much.
"I work so much, I am off the mainland for 14 hours a day," he said.
"I try to squeeze training in where I can. I am lucky to be here two or three days a week. I usually limit my training to an hour."
A change in qualification also makes the task more difficult.
Fighters need to fight all of Asia not just Oceania hopefuls, such as when Beahan made the Beijing Games.
Only two fights back in, it is hard for Beahan to really commit to a long-term plan, but another Australian title is in his sights.
"I will go to Australian titles if I win Queensland again. I have won six Australian titles before," he said.