Gladstone boxer Liam Nicholson will defend his title at the state titles this weekend.
Gladstone boxer Liam Nicholson will defend his title at the state titles this weekend. Tom Huntley

Nicholson defends state title at boxing championship

THREE Gladstone boxers will step in to the ring at the Boxing Queensland State Titles this weekend.

Gladstone Amateur Boxing Club coach Mick Daly said it had been a slow year for the club, which usually had eight boxers head to the titles, but all three were in with a good chance.

Liam Nicholson will fight in the elite men 69kg division, Emma Carruthers will fight in the elite women 64kg division and Dane Crosencrook will fight in the under-16 44kg division.

As the reigning champion, Daly said Nicholson was in with a chance at the competition, which would be held at the Acacia Ridge Hotel, Brisbane, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

"He is the reigning Queensland champion at the moment," Daly said.

"Liam's got the boxing skill to do it. He's been training really hard to do it."

Daly said Carruthers was always hard to beat and had fought against Katie Taylor from Ireland.

"She has a tonne of experience," Daly said.

"She has had some good hard fights."

Novice fighter Crosencrook is heading down to gain some experience.

"His development is going really good so we thought we'd take him down to give him a go," Daly said.

But he said that didn't mean his competitors would get off easy.

"He's good enough to compete.

"He is nearly good enough to win, he just hasn't had the experience."



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