WHEN Emma Carruthers left Gladstone 12 months ago, her main goal was to become a better boxer.
Now in Brisbane, Carruthers has done just that, earning herself a national title.
It is not the first time the 27-year-old has become the best in Australia, winning twice before, this one though is perhaps the sweetest after the year leading up to it.
"When I lost in the 2012 States it was to a junior, so it was make a change or give it up," she said.
She went south to train with The Boxing Shop, aiming at more national titles and Australian teams.
After the disappointment of missing out on the Commonwealth Games, Carruthers changed weights down to 57kg in an attempt to be included in a team for Australia in major competition later in 2014.
"There is another major competition in August; 60kg is what I fight at normally, but I went in at 57kg," the ex-Gladstone product said.
Making the lower weight was no issue for Carruthers, working with a sport scientist in Brisbane to do it without negative outcomes.
"The sport science guy made it easy, I felt very hydrated all the time," she said.
Despite being a now three-time Australian champion, and four-time runner-up, Carruthers was nervous heading into the competition at the lower weight.
She soon showed why she shouldn't have been, taking a couple of rounds to warm up, but then blitzing her opponents.
"The first bout I was really nervous, it took me a while to switch on," she said.
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