Orion Brown, 17, is aiming at making the Olympic team for Rio de Janeiro. First, he wants to win a fight at the Golden Gloves tournament that would send him on a boxing trip to Germany.
Orion Brown, 17, is aiming at making the Olympic team for Rio de Janeiro. First, he wants to win a fight at the Golden Gloves tournament that would send him on a boxing trip to Germany. Jake Jones

Teen takes fight from street into boxing ring

ORION Brown used to fight at school and on the street - anything to get the rush of adrenaline of being in the thick of the action.

But in the middle of those fights, Brown could see the error of his ways.

He knew fighting was more trouble than it was worth. So he took to boxing.

"It is better doing it in the ring. It is so much more fun," he said.

"It is the best rush I have ever had."

Brown, 17, quickly realised that not only does he get to spar frequently in training - giving him more action than picking scuffles in the park - but he has the challenge of having to get better to be able to win.

He has the chance to fight not only the best in central Queensland, but the state, nation and abroad.

Brown is a three-time Queensland Youth 56kg Champion, and will step-up to the elite division in early September in a bid to begin a journey which could take him to the Olympics.

He also has a bout at the Golden Gloves from August 20-23 to keep a spot on a team to travel to Germany in October.

It is a period of months in which Brown has to step-up his game to a new high to fight men and not youth competitors.

But he is not nervous; it is why he got into the sport.

"I am really excited, I am trying to step-up my training," he said.

"There are some good fighters at that weight, but I hit a lot harder than others my age, so I can handle it."

He showed he could handle the challenge, moving from his usual 56kg weight to 67kg at Blackwater over the weekend, just to get a bout.

He won convincingly, leading coach Mick Daly to believe anything is possible and the Olympics are within reach.

Brown will have to work harder than ever to make it, but that is not a problem because he doesn't like losing.

The biggest win for the 17-year-old is leaving the trouble behind, fighting only in the ring and not on the street.

"If I didn't train then any boxer who is would beat me," he said.

"A street fighter wouldn't take a good boxer, so I only ever fight in the ring."
 



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