BALLARAT boxing is looking to land some serious blows at next week’s Australian Golden Gloves titles.
Zac Robertson (nine wins and one loss) and Michael Alsop (8-2), will contest the bantamweight division, while big puncher Ryan Dodgshun (8-4) will compete as a heavyweight in Queensland.
All three are trained by Ballarat’s Ian Fear, who has a strong record at the tournament.
In 2007, Fear took four boxers to South Australia and returned with four titles, and he is quietly confident that this trio can achieve a similar feat.
“If the boxers don’t have the will to succeed and the skills required then I won’t take them, it’s as simple as that,” Fear said.
“You need the will to win and these kids are very competitive – when the going gets tough, they’re going to get tougher.
“They’re not only fighting for themselves, they are fighting for Ballarat.”
Contesting the championships are several visiting countries, including New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, and for the first time, a contingent from England.
“You don’t know what the overseas teams will bring, they could be A grade boxers right down to D graders, but countries like Samoa will be the dark horses,” Fear said.
“If my boxers get good and fair draws then I feel they will be successful.”
The championships will run from August 21-25.