Stanthorpe brothers impress at boxing champs

FIGHTING FIT: Dylan and Dean Dunbar have been making their mark in the boxing ring.
FIGHTING FIT: Dylan and Dean Dunbar have been making their mark in the boxing ring. Liana Turner

Dean and Dylan Dunbar have only been boxing for a few years, but they've already made waves across the region.

The Stanthorpe brothers, who train for several hours three times a week, competed at the Queensland Novice Titles held in Sunnybank on April 22 and 23, and both claimed silver medals.

Dean, 11, defeated a Roma boxer in the 37kg division to head into the final, where he lost by a split point.

Dylan, 13, was unlucky in his own gold medal bout, losing by a split point to a Brisbane boxer.

About 250 fighters from across Queensland and Northern NSW too part in the championships.

Stanthorpe Amateur Boxing Club coach Cameron Dunn said the boys put in a great effort in the two-day tournament.

"(Dean) had a really good fight on Saturday,” Dunn said.

"He fought again on the Sunday, he won the semifinal so he went straight into the final.”

"Dylan went straight into the final and he... should have won he fight but he lost on a split point,

"He was very unlucky.”

Dylan said while it was a disappointing loss, it was good to get to the final.

He said he enjoyed boxing for its fitness benefits.

"It's good for fitness,” he said.

Their father, Jamie Dunbar, said he was impressed with the boys' efforts.

"It's really good, really good,” he said.

"Dean had to do one fight on Saturday, that was elimination, and one fight on Sunday,the final.

"And he got beaten in that, but it was a very close fight.

"He got beaten on split points and he got a silver medal for that.”

The next big event for the club will be the South East Queensland Titles which will be held in Beenleigh on May 27.

Dunn said they already had extra fighters lined up for this event, including Jamie Dunbar, making a family trio likely.

Dylan also claimed the district cross country in Killarney on May 4.

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