BEAUDESERT Boxing Club is back in operation for training after a five-week summer break.
Coach Justin O’Leary said he was pleased with attendance at training sessions, which started on January 7.
“I have been pleasantly surprised that the fighters have come back keen and ready to go,” he said. “They really needed the break, 2018 was such a good year and they have worked hard.”
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Mr O’Leary said he had big plans for the club this year, including more interstate and overseas bouts, with the gym this year to be used exclusively for boxing.
“For the past 12 years or so I would have had 35-40 kids come down for training and only about 15 of them were boxers,” he said.
“We would have kids come to the boxing gym to get fit or have some fun but we can’t do that this year.
“Due to how the town is growing and how well our boxers are doing, I have to focus on them now.”
Mr O’Leary said the season would start in March, with two boxers, 14-year-old John “Junior” Burke and 10-year old Ryder Tyson ready for their first fights.