BEAUDESERT Boxing Club’s Kalob Gray has been selected to join a team of elite Queensland fighters on a trip to Germany.
The 16-year-old has known about the selection for weeks but had to stay grounded so he could focus on bringing his best to his club’s annual boxing home tournament tomorrow night.
Gray’s trainer, Justin O’Leary said the amateur junior boxer would be in the ring for up to four bouts during the trip.
“This is something Kalob has to do and it will be so good for him,” Mr O’Leary said.
“He is definitely ready for it. He has pretty much exhausted his options in regards to fighting boxers his own age and weight, so going up against the top three or four ranked Germans will be great.
“Also on the trip will be 19-year-old world youth heavyweight champion Justis Huni and just to be picked for the same team as a guy of that calibre is an achievement for Kalob.”
Mr O’Leary said the all-Queenslander team picked by Boxing Australia and Boxing Queensland would leave in mid-September and stay for two weeks with a view to preparing some to take part in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
“The way the rules are now, Kalob will not qualify for Tokyo because he will only be 18 and you have to be 19 to qualify in boxing for the Olympics or Commonwealth Games,” he said.
“There will be about a dozen of them going, ranging in age from 16 to 19 and we will more than likely see a couple of them in the next Olympics.
“The team will spend their time training, sparring and fighting with enough time for a bit of sight-seeing in Germany.
“It will do Kalob the world of good.”
Watch Kalob and his fellow Beaudesert Boxing Club fighters in action tomorrow night at the Beaudesert Showgrounds from 5pm.