Mundine in the Rose City
INSPIRING and amazing was how members of the Warwick Boxing Club described meeting one of their sporting royalty - Anthony Mundine - this week.
The legendary boxer slipped into the club Monday to have a chat with the members and trainers and answer any questions, including how he was preparing for his next fight.
Trainer Rodd Parry said it turned into "probably the highlight for some of the lives".
"President Andrew Grafton organised it - he told me there was someone special coming to the gym and to organise some fighters and kids to come in," Parry said.
"He gave the kids a great speech about staying off alcohol and cigarettes and told them if they had goals, to stick to them."
Mundine was passing through Warwick on his way to Boggabilla when he made the pit-stop.
Parry said all negative reports about the famous boxer - who is as famous for his actions out of the ring as he is in it - were misconstrued.
"Whatever you see on television, ignore it - he's an absolute gentleman," Parry said.
"He spoke well and he answered all the questions graciously and with respect to his opponents.
"He's definitely a role model when you meet him in person and it's an honour to have someone like that in our gym. All the kids look up to him."
Parry's son Shane, who is a three-time Queensland champion in three different divisions, had his middle weight belt signed. He is hoping to have his next fight in March.
Fellow aspiring boxer Brittany Wallace was just as excited about meeting Mundine.
She's had a strong year too, beating an undefeated female boxer in the second round at Caloundra this year - in what was her second fight.