Beaudesert Boxing Club dominates at Queensland Championships

BRUISER: Ryan Porter at the state championships with coach Justin O'Leary. Photo: Supplied

BRUISER: Ryan Porter at the state championships with coach Justin O'Leary. Photo: Supplied

BEAUDESERT Boxing Club was well represented at the state titles on the weekend.

Ryan Porter, Tahlea Toohey, Tom Gill, Jake Patrick and Harry Crocker all faced off against the best of the best in the ring and came home with two gold and two silver medals.

Beaudesert Boxing Club head trainer Justin O'Leary said all the fighters performed well on the day, with the stand out boxer being Ryan Porter who clocked up two dominant victories in as many days.

"Ryan beat Kyle Redcliffe from Townsville's Dragons Boxing in the final after beating another north Queensland boxer in the semi-final the day before," he said.

"This was an outstanding effort from Ryan and the best he has performed in his career so far."

The 17-year-old started boxing in 2015 and has been a consistent hard worker in the gym, balancing his training with his year 12 studies and serving as the first Indigenous school captain at Flagstone State Community College.

He fought in the 60 kilogram under 19s division.

Ryan Porter with number one supporter "Coach Cam" at the state championships.

Ryan Porter with number one supporter "Coach Cam" at the state championships.

Beaudesert's fierce female fighter Tahlea Toohey also took gold in the state titles after beating Paige Robinson from Impact Boxing Club at Cooroy.

Toohey is a force to be reckoned with in the boxing ring and one of Boxing Australia's picks for the National Futures Program, which identifies emerging elite athletes and supports the development of Australia's best boxers as they prepare to compete for selection in national teams.

O'Leary said another impressive result was from Jake Patrick, a recent addition to the the club's stable of competition fighters.

He fought in the 80 kilogram under 19s division.

"Although he lost his match to Max McIntyre from Stand Up Boxing Club this time, he showed enough to suggest that he will be successful in the future," he said.

"Jake has been with Beaudesert Boxing Club for three months but has been competing for three years already."

In the 30 kilogram division, 12-year-old Harry Crocker faced off against Hinterland Boxing Club's Jake Clifford and came away with silver.

In the under 17s 52 kilogram category, 15-year-old Tom Gill stood up to Brisbane Boxing Club's Chris Hendren but missed out on the result he wanted.

"He just fought a kid who performed better on the day," O'Leary said.

"But with Tom's high skill level I'm sure his next victory will not be far away."

Also present to lend support on the day was Beaudesert Boxing Club's supporter "Coach Cam" who is always ready to provide words of encouragement and proved himself to be a good man to have in your corner.

O'Leary said the fighters would now be training for the Golden Gloves to be held at the Acacia Ridge Hotel over four days from December 9.

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