Boxer in gold bid

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - ROHAN O'NEIL rohan. o'neil@ news. com. au

PROMIS­ING young boxer Pres­ley Wil­cox is hop­ing to use lessons learnt in Thai­land as a spring­board to suc­cess at the up­com­ing Golden Gloves tour­na­ment.

Wil­cox was one of seven young fight­ers se­lected for a na­tional train­ing camp by Box­ing Aus­tralia af­ter im­press­ing at the state and na­tional ti­tles.

He and his team­mates spent two weeks in Thai­land train­ing with some of the coun­try’s top coaches and learn­ing new skills from more ex­pe­ri­enced box­ers.

The 16- year- old has been in­volved with the sport since pri­mary school and was very grate­ful to his par­ents, his coach at Dragon Box­ing Dan All­man and Box­ing Aus­tralia for pro­vid­ing the op­por­tu­nity for him to ad­vance his skills in a new coun­try.

“They showed us a lot of dif­fer­ent train­ing styles and tech­niques that we haven’t used be­fore and we got to do lots of spar­ring with some top box­ers,” he said.

“It helped show me the level that you have to train at to make it at the top level and com­pared to our train­ing here they train a lot harder.

The Kir­wan State High School stu­dent trains lo­cally with Dragon Box­ing at the Fight­ing Fit gym and he has as­pi­ra­tions to go on and rep­re­sent his coun­try.

“I would love to qual­ify for the Com­mon­wealth Games and it is my dream to one day rep­re­sent Aus­tralia at the Olympics so I’ll keep work­ing hard to­wards that,” he said.

Wil­cox will travel with All­man to Bris­bane next month for the Golden Gloves, where he will com­pete against Aus­tralia’s best young box­ers for a shot at a na­tional ti­tle.

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