Shaxson wins at Golden Gloves as others win silver
BOXING: Bundaberg's Josh Shaxson had one thought running through his head when he battled at the Golden Gloves in Brisbane.
The Shalom College student wanted redemption after losing last year.
Having trainied hard for the past year, the Attila PCYC Boxing Club member got his wish and a Golden Glove gold medal after winning two bouts on points.
"All the hard work paid off,” Shaxson said.
"In the final when I got my arm raised, I was really happy.”
The teenager said last year's event was the catalyst.
"I remembered what the disappointment was like,” he said.
"It gave me motivation to push through.”
Shaxson said his focus and body shots to his opponents helped him land the gold.
"My first fight was a little harder than the last one,” he said.
"The first was a bit harder to adapt to, where as in the second I figured out my opponent early.”
Joining the teenager with medals were Dean Reed, Hunter Somerville-Kimlin and Mia Keely.
Somerville-Kimlin was disappointed not to win after performing well in the final and losing on points.
"I probably wasn't aggressive enough,” he said.
"I was holding back a bit, just trying to counter, when I should have been pushing forward.”
Reed said he had run out of energy after fighting twice to progress to the final.
"First two fights I was alright but by the end of the final day I was tired,” he said.
"I believe I could have won if I wasn't fatigued.”
"I was happy.
"I didn't think I could get that far but I did.”
The three fighters will join Shaxson in preparing for the state titles, which will be held early next year.