Gloves on for Australian title
AFTER winning two Queensland Global Boxing Association titles in 2011, Warwick Boxing Club member Shane Parry hopes March 31 is the night he wins his first national title.
Parry's start to his 2011 sporting year was disrupted when his family home was flooded but he made sure his boxing gear was well above flood level.
"It put my training off for a little bit but there was not much I could do about it," Parry said.
Earlier in his career, he won a global boxing association state title in the light middleweight division before winning two titles in heavier age groups last year.
His first experience with boxing training was a self-defence course at Leyburn.
Since moving to Warwick and joining the Warwick Boxing Club, Parry, 18, has had 16 fights for 11 wins and one draw.
The national light heavyweight title is vacant and Parry has been matched for a title fight in Warwick on March 31.
Win, lose or draw Parry vows it will be his last fight as an amateur.
At 77kg, Parry is just under the amateur light heavyweight limit.
When he turns professional, Parry will first fight as a middleweight as the weights are different.
He is aiming for six fights in his first year as a pro, perhaps more.
"I want to be one of the greats. My favourite boxer is Floyd Mayweather, he has quick hands and is real evasive, "Parry said.
Since joining the Warwick Boxing Club, he has trained for 90-minute sessions five days a week.
Training includes some road runs up to 9.2km but Parry plans to extend the distance in the run-up to his national title bout.
He rates the right hand to the chest as his best punch.
Queensland Global Boxing Association titles:
Light middleweight (2008)
Light heavyweight (2011)
Fight record: 12 wins, 1 draw, 3 losses