Mick's mob hit big time
MICK Daly's Boxing crew came close to a clean sweep at the recent Queensland Titles in Beenleigh, just south of Brisbane.
Daly headed south with four of his boxers, as well as two from Rockhampton - and of the six four qualified for nationals, after taking out state titles.
Of the four who qualified, two of them are the boxers from Rockhampton and the other two are Daly's Billy Ward and Emma Carruthers.
Ward, who competed in the 49kg open men's class, demolished his opponent.
After round one the scoreline was 27-4 to Ward, before the fight was stopped in round two by the referee.
"Ward outclassed his opponent," Daly said.
"He fought so well. If he maintains that standard he has a good chance at the Australian titles."
Carruthers defeated her opponent in the 64kg open women's class by knock-out, which proved to be a traumatic time for Carruthers.
"She was shell-shocked that she had knocked her opponent out," Daly said.
Hayden Collocott was among Daly's boxers but unfortunately one bad shot cost him the match.
"Collocott was winning by points, his opponent was getting tired and looking weak," he said.
"Unfortunately though, his opponent found some energy and gave Collocott one good hit and the referee stopped the fight.
"This was a great fight and I was really proud of the way Collocott performed in what was one of his first outings."
Liam Nicolson was also among Daly's fighters, however his results remain undecided.
"Nicolson fought in the 69kg open men's class, which like Ward was his first open appearance, and he fought well," Daly said.
"His field is the largest, so he had a tough line-up, but he won all three of his fights.
"Nicolson will now fight Thursday night back in Brisbane to see if he will take out the Queensland title.
"It will be a tough fight as he is up against former junior world No.3. But I am confident he has been fighting well."
Now the CQ boxers are in training for the Australian titles in February.
To qualify for the Olympics they must do well at the Australian and Oceania titles.