Every little bit counts ahead of big title bouts
BOXING: A number of talented Gladstone boxers will compete in the Queensland State Titles at Acacia Ridge this weekend.
In their first hit-out for 2017, the juniors have the chance to go a step further toward Commonwealth Games selection while the seniors have the chance to get chosen for the World Titles.
There are seven divisions which are the elite 18 years and over, juniors over-15s and under-16s, schoolboys over-13 and U15.
The Gladstone Amateur Boxing Club have seven contenders across the divisions.
Head coach Mick Daly said Jordy Dunnett (46kg in school boys) has been impressive and his preparations have been impeccable.
"He is the current Australian champion and has a real good chance due the way he's been training,” Daly said.
"His fitness is the best ever seen and he's only put on 2kg since last year, but had a growth close to seven inches in height.
He's the most dedicated I've seen to date.”
Jai Ghee is another junior at at 48kg and Daly said the current GABC Fighter of the Year is another to keep an eye on
Tr'e Sirriss is a 63kg junior and Daly noted his rise in confidence.
"He has come into his own and is training the house down,” Daly said.
"He has a hard division though I believe this could be Tr'e's year.”
Daly said there are four boys ready to produce the goods in the elite division
"Orion Brown at 56kg has all the ability and all the attributes of a great boxer although has been known to take the easy road during training,” Daly said.
"If Orion is on his game will not be beaten on the day.”
GABC captain Rhys Evans has moved up a division this year to 64kg.
"Rhys has a few unknowns in his division this year which gives us a fair bit of uncertainty,” Daly said.
"There will be no hesitation form Rhys, however it will come down to his performance on the day.”
Sean Evans returns to the ring at 69kg after an extended break and Daly said he could be a surprise packet in his weight division.
"Anthony Taylor will have his first fight in five years in the under 91kg division,” Daly said.
"He is making a comeback after losing 40 plus kg and the titles will be a chance for Anthony to have a hit out which will be a bonus.”
Daly said there are plenty of incentives and those who will win the Queensland titles will progress to the Australian Titles next month
"They can set their sights on international experience with the junior and youth Australian teams going to the Bahamas for the world titles and the elites men's world titles being held in Japan,” Daly said.
The Queensland Titles in September is another stepping stone toward Commonwealth Games selection.
"These are the titles that will start to unlock doors in the Commonwealth selection direction and 2017 is going to be a great year for the club,” Daly said.