Toowoomba young gun prepares for tussle in Townsville
BOXING: Christian Brady is set to fly the flag for Toowoomba in Townsville in one of the state’s biggest amateur events.
The 17-year-old will represent South Queensland against their North Queensland counterparts on Saturday night.
A student at Toowoomba State High, Brady has 11 fights to his name, and has been working hard on adding another victory at 60kg to his name.
“I’ve been training hard this week and hopefully I can have a bit of fun up there,” Brady said.
“We’ve been working on technique, fast punches and moving around. I don’t know too much about my opponent, but we’ve done a research and he’s a bit of a boxer, not a brawler.
“I’ve had three fights this year, while a lot of people haven’t been boxing lately. Every time we’ve gone away we’ve got a fight.”
Coming to the sport as a teenager, Brady is hopeful of pursuing a future in the sport.
“I’ve only thought of it as a career path this year,” he said.
“I started boxing four years ago and didn’t really know what to do.
“I’ve built up more confidence and want to see how far it can take me.”
Brady is currently trained by father Shane, who said he is taking a great pride in watching his son progress through the ranks.
“We share a special closeness and bond. I’ll push him hard because I want him to succeed,” Shane said.
“Moments like this when Christian gets approached to fight in Townsville, there’s a bit of pride in it.”
Training out of the Brady and Floody Gym in North Toowoomba, the facility is a newcomer to the scene having only opened in August.
“We only started the gym up not long ago and people like Christian are the inspiration behind it,” Shane said.
“Adam (Flood) is looking at turning pro next year and I’ve had about 30 amateur fights.
“The boxing community is a tight-knit group, and I needed to do something other than just going to work, and wanted to do something to help people.”
Originally published as Toowoomba young gun prepares for tussle in Townsville