Beaudesert boxers sweep the floor with opponents at national championships

FIGHT: Ryan Porter, Tom Gill, Kalob Gray, Taleah Toohey, Dylan Biggs and Toni Paulson proved their mettle at nationals. Photo: Larraine Sathicq
FIGHT: Ryan Porter, Tom Gill, Kalob Gray, Taleah Toohey, Dylan Biggs and Toni Paulson proved their mettle at nationals. Photo: Larraine Sathicq

BEAUDESERT Boxing Club has broken a national record, coming home with the highest medal percentage from a national championships than any of the 300 clubs in Australia ever has before.

The under 19, 17 and 15 Men's and Women's Australian Championships were held at Carrara Stadium from October 23 to 26 and of the six boxers from Beaudesert, five came home with gold and one with silver.

Local champion Kalob Gray trounced his opponents but said he was not on his best form at the tournament.

"I was pretty average, I know I could have done better, even though I won," he said.

"I could have prepared better and eaten better while I was there."

Gray said he was back into training with fellow Beaudesert boxer Dylan Biggs, with 13 training sessions a week in preparation for an upcoming tour to New Zealand.

Biggs earned his gold medal after a fight against Jed Kennedy from the ACT and junior fighters Tom Gill and Ryan Porter also dominated in the ring for their first fights at national level.

Toni Paulson fought well, holding her own against Victoria's Marriss Williamson and ended up coming home with a silver medal.

Coach Justin O'Leary said girl boxer Tahlea Toohey dominated in the ring during her bout against Tasmania fighter Hannah East.

"It was a tough fight but Tahlea won every round," he said.

"We are really proud of her."

Ryan Porter faced previously undefeated Victorian champion Cane Plevnarovski in the ring and came away with the win.

Mr O'Leary said he was impressed with how all six of the Beaudesert fighters performed at nationals.

"Kalob and Dylan have been competing at this level for some time," he said.

"But this was a first for the others. It's common for nerves to get the better of boxers when they compete at national level but you would never have known it was their first time.

"This group has been together for three or four years now and they are looking extremely good as they hit youth level.

"Just to get to nationals is a massive achievement but to come home with six out of six medals with five of them gold medals was way beyond our expectations."

Meanwhile Subway franchisee Chris Pietrobon is holding a fundraiser for the club at his Beaudesert store on Saturday.

"From 8am to 9pm on Saturday we will donate a dollar from every sub, wrap and salad bowl sold towards helping get Dylan and Kalob to new Zealand this month," he said.

"I've owned the Subway in Beaudesert for four years and I try to involve myself in the community as much as I can. Beaudesert Subway is very open to helping sporting clubs or organisations in the Beaudesert community."