Boxer fights his way to win top junior award at club
TYRONE Lee's parents were not sure about him going into boxing when he first started, but under the tutelage of Mick Daly, the 15-year-old was more than competent in his chosen sport.
Beginning at the start of 2013, Tyrone amassed a seven-win and two-loss record over a 12-month period, enough to earn him the Junior Boxer of the Year award at the Gladstone Amateur Boxing Club's presentation night.
Not knowing anyone in the ring when he arrived, Tyrone thought it would be fun to give the sport a go and took the plunge.
"I looked into it and thought it was a good sport," he said.
"It is tough, I have always been fighting people older than me, heavier too."
The slog of training and overcoming the discrepancy in experience last year, Tyrone earned more than just wins on his resume, he also earned a lot of respect from his peers at the club.
Channelling his favourite boxers, Muhammad Ali and Anthony Mundine, when he stepped into the ring, Tyrone has now taken a break from boxing to start a life in the workforce instead of the ring.
"I am not at boxing anymore, I got an apprenticeship so stopped," he said.
"I might later in life, after the four years, I have started doing fitness group again."
Losing one young boxer from their group of friends, the leaders in the Gladstone stable will continue to lead the way toward another Queensland and Australian Championship.
Promising talents Marty Lewis (Most Improved Boxer), Liam Nicolson (Most Courageous Boxer) and Rhys Evans (Boxer of the Year) won awards on their way to inspiring their younger counterparts.