Boxing Clutching three wins from a total of three fights since taking on a career of professional boxing nine months ago, former Stanthorpe boy Christopher Brackin has been ranked 15th in the country.
The young boxer now has his sights set on achieving a sought-after spot in the top five in his weight category in Australia by the end of the year.
Mr Brackin, currently living in Toowoomba, said the most recent of the fights was last weekend against an opponent who had competed in more than 130 professional events.
Mr Brackin said boxing was "just as much mental as it is physical” and his "gruelling” training regime involved two to four hours of boxing daily, five to seven days a week, with a six- to eight-week training schedule before each fight.
"Every fight is different and we train a different way for different opponents. I've been doing this since I was 10, so it all comes naturally.”
The former local is currently taking a break for a couple of weeks and said he would like to progress with the sport "as far as possible”.
"My whole family were boxers,” he said.
" It's in my blood lines but that's not what drew me to it.
"I just naturally like it.
"I like what I've made of myself and I love what I get out of boxing.
"I believe it's the hardest sport in the world, and I love the challenge of it.”
He said winning a fight was "the greatest feeling”.
"We put our heart and soul into it for that one night and, by the time it all pays off, there's no better feeling.”
The 18-year-old - trained by Brendan Smith and Corbyn Kanveilomami - said he would recommend boxing as a sport for young people.
"It's given me opportunities that I used to dream about as a kid.
"A lot of people have such negative thoughts about it, but it's not what everyone thinks.
"It's such a humble and gentleman's sport.
"It builds discipline and respect and I believe I'm a better person because of it.
"Some people see it as a thug sport.
"But you gain a lot of respect for people, including the people you're in the ring with.”
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