BEAUDESERT Boxing Club is celebrating the start of the 2019 season with two junior boxers set to take on more overseas opponents.
Dylan Biggs and Kalob Gray have been picked by Boxing Queensland to join the state team in Poland and the Czech Republic next month.
Their coach Justin O'Leary said the fighters would be part of the eight male and two female team shaping up for fights in Prostejov in the Czech Republic on May 28, Gliwice in southern Poland on June 5 and the Polish city Bielsko Biala on June 10.
"It's great that out of 10 boxers chosen from all over Queensland, two of them are from Beaudesert," Mr O'Leary said.
"They will both go up against the best in those countries for their weight and age.
"Kalob has fought overseas before and it's good that Dylan is up there too - these boys have been boxing since they were 11 or 12 years old so this is the logical next step
"These fights are a little bit closer to adult boxing , with the boys moving from junior (U16s) to youth (U18) so it will be more challenging for sure, especially in Poland.
"I'm sure they will represent Beaudesert well."
Both boxers said they were looking forward to the fights.
"Apparently the fighters over there, especially in Poland, are really tough," Gray said.
"But I'm not worried, I'll beat them."
Biggs said the trip would be his first flight further than Perth.
"I'm not nervous, I'm keen for the experience of fighting internationally," he said.
Mr O'Leary said both boxers had already fought and won fights this season.
"Dylan went up against 22-year-old Lachlan Underwood last weekend in his first fight against a man and Kalob won his bout against Riley Coleman two weeks ago," he said.
"We'll try and get them another couple of fights before they leave but they will have to knuckle down and train hard in the meantime because we expect them to get hard fights over there."
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Mr O'Leary said Beaudesert Boxing Club would hold a fundraiser next Saturday to help raise the $4000 needed to send both boys overseas.
"We are also hoping to find businesses or individuals willing to sponsor these two local kids who are doing great things," he said.
"But even if people chip in a few dollars, it all helps."
To find out how to support the Beauy boxers, call Justin O'Leary on 0418 738 719