Beaudesert boxers prepared to take fight to Melbourne

FIGHT FIT: Tahlea Toohey, Ryan Porter Dylan Biggs, Tom Gill and Kalob Gray. Photo: Larraine Sathicq
FIGHT FIT: Tahlea Toohey, Ryan Porter Dylan Biggs, Tom Gill and Kalob Gray. Photo: Larraine Sathicq

FIVE junior members of Beaudesert Boxing Club are preparing to take the fight to Melbourne next week for the Corner Inlet Cup to be held at Leongatha.

The group includes 16-year-old Beauy champs Kalob Gray and Dylan Biggs, with Gray in the ring for the main event and Biggs set to take on an adult boxer. 

Tom Gill, 12, Ryan Porter, 14 and Tahlea Toohey have also secured bouts in the December 8 tournaments a Boxing Victoria event that will pit our Beauy boxers against the best of the best in their divisions.

Beaudesert Boxing coach Justin O’Leary said 57kg Gray would face off against Victorian fighter Jarvis Bindloss, who weighed in at 60kg.

“The organisers reckon they will pull a big crowd for that fight as the main event,” Mr O’Leary said.

“This will be Kalob’s final fight for 2018 and it should mean the end of his third year undefeated.

He said Biggs would fight for the first time against an adult boxer.

“Dylan will fight 20-year-old Victorian boxer Jarvis Bindloss,” he said.

“One of the most exciting fights will be between Ryan Porter and South Australian champion Jayden Kerr – he’s a handy boxer and he’s fought at nationals the past couple of years.

“Ryan is ready to step  up to that next level with Kalob and Dylan.”

Mr O’Leary said the 14-year-old Porter put his heart and soul into boxing.

“He never has a lazy session, he puts 100 per cent in every time,” he said.

“If everyone here trained like Ryan we would have a gym full of champions.” 

He said the youngest member of the team was 12-year-old Tom Gill, who was aiming to dominate in the ring against South Australian fighter Jordan Seaborne in the 38kg division.

The only female in the group is 13-year-old Tahlea Toohey, who Mr O’Leary said had consistently improved her form over the past 12 months.

“It’s good news for Tahlea because it’s often difficult for girls to get a fight,” he said.

“She’s another hard trainer and at this year’s Australian Titles she won silver, making her second in Australia.

“Tahlea will be up against Victorian boxer Katie Whilster.”