Trio eyes national titles
BUNDABERG brothers Dennis and Paul Kovacs will be among Queensland's contingent to go to Tasmania next month for the national championships.
The Attila Boxing Academy fighters will represent the region alongside Bundaberg Boxing Club's Mitch Mackie.
The trio will make its way to Hobart later this month for the five-day competition.
Attila Boxing Academy head coach Attila Kovacs and Bundaberg Boxing Club coach Lloyd Devon will accompany the young fighters.
Kovacs said the national championships would be a culmination of two years of hard work for his sons.
"They have trained very hard to prepare for this competition," he said.
"There have been many hours of hard work and sweat for them."
Kovacs' eldest son Paul has earned the nickname "Bundy Bear" because of his imposing stature in the ring.
The 14-year-old giant is a staggering 189cm tall and will compete in the junior heavy weight category for fighters under 86kg.
Paul will face off against West Australian fighter Andrew Murphy for the title.
Kovacs said his son had emerged as a powerful and gutsy fighter with staying power in the ring.
"He is very strong, and fast for his weight," he said.
"There is not an ounce of fat on him at the moment. He's looking mean."
Dennis will face off against Tasmania's Luke Adams in the junior 57kg category.
Mitch Mackie will represent his region and the BYC Boxing Club in the junior 34kg category against West Australian Cody Hadden.
It will be Mackie's first appearance in the national titles after two consecutive Queensland and golden gloves titles.
BYC Boxing Club head coach Lloyd Deven said the young fighter would be a force to be reckoned with at the titles.
"He's a classy young fighter and he will be fighting at the bottom of his weight range," he said.
Devon said Mackie possessed a fluent, lightning-fast boxing style that would serve him well at the nationals. "He's light on his feet and he's an excellent mover around the ring," he said.
"I think he'll make a pretty good go of it down there."
The Australian championships are on February 1-5.