Kooralbyn youth Kalob Gray emerged from the ring victorious and with hardly a scratch after last month’s Golden Gloves boxing competition in Brisbane.
The Golden Gloves is an Australasian boxing tournament with competitors coming from all over Australia as well as New Zealand and New Caledonia.
Kalob’s coach at Beaudesert Boxing Club Justin O’Leary said the 15-year-old was on track to represent Australia at the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
“He should be representing Australia at youth level if he keeps up with his training,” Mr O’Leary said.
“He’s already been to the Australian Institute of sport in Canberra and he’s had 24 wins from 27 fights.
“Winning 10 fights in a row is considered a big deal but Kalob has won his last 22 fights.”
Mr O’Leary said the Kooralbyn International School year 9 student trained for an hour every morning before school and an hour and a half every afternoon.
“On Saturdays he either has training or a fight, so he puts in a total of 11 sessions every week,” he said.
Kalob said he took up boxing to lose weight and only started to take it seriously two years ago.
“I love boxing because it keeps me out of mischief and I don’t mind putting in the hours for training,” Kalob said.
“Mum makes sure my grades at school don’t suffer so if I don’t do my homework she makes me have a week off boxing and that hurts.
“I’m going to win gold for Australia at the 2024 Olympics.
“I want to be a professional boxer but I also have a fallback plan, so we’ll see how my work experience as a plasterer next year goes.”