BEAUDESERT Boxing Club has welcomed back Dylan Biggs and Kalob Gray after the 17-year-old junior boxers took on the best of the best in Poland and the Czech Republic with mixed results.
Biggs won two of his three fights and Gray, who has not lost a fight since he was 12 years old, came away without a victory this time.
Biggs said his first fight was in the Czech Republic where he faced off against six-time national champion 18-year-old Dominik Gloser.
"I lost that one, I wasn't at my best," he said.
His second fight, which was in Poland, saw Biggs in the ring with an opponent who had a distinct height advantage.
"I put him down for an eight-count in the first round and two eight-counts in the third round," he said.
Biggs won that bout and also his third, coming home with two out of three wins.
"The people over there were really nice to us," he said. "But they did seem a bit grumpy and angry compared to Australians," he said.
"It was a great experience and I am motivated for more overseas fights. It is harder to win over there because you have to beat them badly if you want to get the decision."
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Biggs said he was grateful to the Beaudesert community and local businesses like Freedom Fitness for backing him.
Gray said he had struggled to get his head around the different boxing style he encountered in both countries.
"It was just a bit weird and awkward," he said. "My first opponent in the Czech Republic, I couldn't figure him out.
"For the second fight in Poland I fought a dude way taller than me. I thought I had fought good enough to win but I didn't get the decision.
"I would like to thank Simon from Statewide Road Services for putting $600 in to help Dylan and I get over there and the Beaudesert community for their support. Also my mum and Justin for always being there and supporting me."
Gray said his losses in Europe had taught him a valuable lesson.
"I have to get my weight down, 64kg is the wrong weight for me," he said.
"But I am motivated to train harder and take out some Aussies at the end of the year."
The fighters' coach Justin O'Leary said both boxers would have to change their game as they enter the ring with adult boxers.
"In kids boxing winning needs about 80 per cent skill and 20 per cent mental strength," he said. "In adult boxing you can pretty much reverse that, so 80 per cent mental strength and 20 per cent skill.
"Both boys have their sights set on the State Titles in September and if they keep training as hard as they are I am quietly confident they will get there."