Boxers shine bright in early fights
IN GRASS-roots sport it's hard to pick the busiest person - club presidents, first aid officers and coaches are candidates - but Bundaberg Boxing Club's trainer Sid Blair might be one of the front runners for the title in Bundaberg.
Blair is used to having eight boxers training for fights but his gym on Burrum St is nearly overflowing with a possible 16 fit lads ready for a tilt at a Wide Bay titles on April 11.
And a few of them started in style with wins in Gladstone recently.
Blair was impressed with the way Bailey Dooley (46kg) fought after losing at the 2014 state titles and he said there was even more improvement in him yet. Rieyce Ramsay fought in the 67kg division and with his reach will be one to watch in the future.
Mitchell Sands (40kg) has been training hard and from the bell showed he had learned enough to be a capable fighter over the past few month, but the most praise was reserved for the 30kg Gaige Russell.
Russell has been hanging around the gym for the past four years, watching and learning and Blair said he fought like a real champion and everything he did was perfect.
Blair added there are plenty more fighters coming through the gym and he expected it to be a good year for the Bundaberg Boxing Club.
A couple of other fighters, Lochlan Turnbull and Bailey Dooley, will be aiming for higher honours when they front up for the qualifiers for the state titles at Acacia Ridge on March 27-29.