Fighting trio eye titles

By TONY WHITE

twhite@dailyexaminer.com.au

PROMISING boxer Troy Harding will head a trio of Yamba-trained amateurs heading to Bendigo, Victoria, in an attempt to win Australian titles.

Harding 17, will be joined by 19-year-old Adam Jones and Daniel Austin, 18.

The trio are all trained by Norm Harvey at Yamba.

Harding, who has seven wins under his belt, will tackle the 78-81kg cruiserweight division, Jones, the 81-84kg light heavyweight division and Austin the 75-78kg middleweight division.

The Australian Amateur Boxing League National Championships take place from November 24-26.

Harvey said the trio have trained exceptionally well leading up to the major titles.

"They've trained really hard, really pushed themselves," Harvey said.

"Troy went to last year's Australian titles, but it was mainly for experience.

"He's knows what it's all about now and I'm confident he can come back with an Australian title. If Troy can win an Australian Title it will help his chances of possibly making the Commonwealth Games. That's his aim.

"Adam has been fighting on and off. He's had to tackle much bigger blokes just to get fights, but he'll fight in his own weight and class. The experience will do him the world of good.

"Daniel has won eight of nine bouts. He lost to Ethan Swadling (Dubbo) for the North Coast title in Coffs Harbour two weeks back, but we all thought he should have won, it was a bit controversial. He's shows good promise."

G & K Cabinets at Yamba have stepped in to help sponsor the teen pugilists' air fares, but Harvey said the group were looking for other sponsors and community support to assist with accommodation and travell- ing expenses.

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