Gladstone boxers seek Glasgow Commonwealth Games spot

GOING WEST: Rhys Evans, 60kg division, and Marty Lewis, 91kg division, are heading to Perth for the Australian Boxing Championships.
GOING WEST: Rhys Evans, 60kg division, and Marty Lewis, 91kg division, are heading to Perth for the Australian Boxing Championships. Luka Kauzlaric

RHYS Evans and Marty Lewis have nothing left to do but let their fists fly when they fight the Australian Titles starting Tuesday.

The Gladstone boxers will be chasing a Glasgow Commonwealth Games spot against the best in Australia when action begins in Perth.

Having weighed in fine Monday night, the pair can leave everything in the ring in the quest for an Australian spot.

"I am good. Ready to rumble," Lewis said.

The less experienced of the two locals, despite being the elder at 26, Lewis acknowledges this trip is a building experience, but is keen to surprise his opponents.

"I am aware of the fact I am giving away a lot of experience, but I am not going to get flogged," he said.

"I am working hard in what I can control by being fit and ready."

As much of a chance as anyone once it is one-on-one in the ring, Lewis will need to win four fights to earn himself a green and gold tracksuit.

Fighting the heavyweight division, a 91kg limit, Lewis plans to use his unknown status among the field to claw wins.

"It is the best situation for me, I have the element of surprise," he said.

While Lewis may be an unknown quantity, Evans is a boxer who will be watched more closely.

An up-and-comer who has worked hard for his shot, the 60kg fighter will go tooth and nail for a gold medal.

At 21, the time seems right for Evans to come out on top.

"I have a few more fights than some to make the Commonwealth Games is my expectation and my main goal," he said.

"I am an underdog still. I have been flat-out training, 11 times a week."

The workload has increased from three sessions up to 11 recently, with the Australian level looming.

Evans gave a good indication of both Gladstone boxers' mindsets, be there to win and leave nothing to chance.

"I am going to give it a red hot go and everything I have," he said.



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