Boxers are set to land golden punch
BOXING: She might be small in stature but you definitely don't want to mess with young boxer Mia Keely.
The Attila PCYC Boxing Academy boxer exudes confidence and is not scared to pack a punch.
Keely is one of five boxers from the academy to compete at the Golden Gloves in Brisbane starting today.
"I'm looking forward to winning, because I know I'm going to win,” Keely said.
"(Coach) Attila (Kovacs) has been putting us through fatigue training and he's been critiquing us and trying to get us beyond our limits.”
The 11-year-old has been boxing for two-and-a-half months.
"I've been running drills and coming to training every school day,” she said.
"I like getting to hit people and getting fitter.”
The ultimate goal is to one day make a career out of it.
"I only live with my mother and she is really proud of me,” she said.
"One day I want to be the female version of Muhammad Ali.”
Keely will be joined by fellow debutants Dean Read and Bronson Carroll.
Fellow Attila PCYC Boxing Academy boxers Josh Shaxson and Hunter Somerville-Kimlin return after competing last year.
"I had an average fight last year so I know what to work on now,” Shaxson said.
"I wasn't as fit so I've been working a lot on my fitness and my reach.
"I want to win so hopefully I do.”
Somervile-Kimlin said last year's experience has taught him exactly what to expect from the competition this year in his category.
The boxers will weigh in this morning with the first bouts to take place later this afternoon.