FIGHTERS at Beaudesert Boxing Club, both male and female, have been putting in the hard yards in preparation for their annual home tournaments against some of the best out-of-towners on Saturday.
Coach Justin O’Leary said the club had some particularly talented junior athletes ready to give their best for Beauy – and they were hoping to draw a large local crowd at Beaudesert Showgrounds to cheer them on.
“These kids, when they are in a close fight, having local support can make the difference between winning and losing,” he said.
“Some of them train five to six days a week so I don’t think it’s too much to ask people to come along and support them for one night a year.”
Mr O’Leary said there would also be adult bouts on the night.
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“We will have a couple of heavyweight fights between men weighing over 100kg but most of the fights will be juniors,” he said.
With 16-year-old star Dylan Biggs taking on an adult this year, he said the event was sure to be exciting.
“Dylan is fighting 22-year-old Billy Holland in a senior event and the main junior event will be Kalob Gray versus 60kg NSW champion Logan Slis,” Mr O’Leary said.
Dylan, Kalob Gray and a number of other junior fighters from Beaudesert Boxing Club have been picked by Boxing Australia for state and national development programs as potential world champions.
Last week, Gray was busy preparing for his home town fight by sparring with New Zealand champion Xavier Thompson in the Beaudesert boxing ring.
“We have fighters coming from as far away as Sydney, Bundaberg and Cairns including Liam Pope from Bracken Ridge in the seniors and under-19 champion Aamin Issa who is going to Hungary to fight in the world titles.”
Mr O’Leary said amateur boxing tournaments were a great way to spend time with the family and learn more about the sport.
“It will be a licensed event and we will also have a barbecue, burgers and sausage sandwiches available as well as soft drinks and snacks,” he said.
“So families can come down and have their dinner.
“Hopefully kids who have never done boxing before will see what it’s about and want to give training a try.”
Gates open at 4pm and tickets are $5 for children, $15 for adults and $35 for a family pass.