CHASING DREAMS: Logan hunts national title berth
BOXING: With a glint in his eye - one that he would never admit was there - former South Grafton Rebels hard man Terry Slis watches on from ringside with pride as son Logan prepares to dodge, duck and drive his way into the Boxing Australia national championships.
It is an undeniable sense of pride that led Slis, with wife Lisa, to buy the family a new caravan and car to tow it so they can travel to all interstate fight nights with Logan and younger brother Mason, 11, as they chase their in-ring dreams.
This weekend the caravan will get its first workout as the family journeys to Sydney for the Boxing Australia NSW Pathways event at the Blacktown PCYC gym.
"I had a go at it last year and I ended up getting through to the nationals but I don't have any expectations," he said. "You can't go in like that, thinking you are going to make it, because then you just get sidetracked and don't fight to the best you can."
Slis has worked hard in the Grafton Amateur Boxing Club gym the past couple of months, and has seen a major improvement in his striking since taking tutelage from new face at the club James "Bukom Fire" Armah.
A dual-Commonwealth boxing champion, the Ghanaian fighter has been a revelation at the Grafton club but is ensuring Slis keeps a simple game plan for this weekend.
"It has been really good with James, the training and all-round what he does in the ring," Slis said. "You can tell he really cares about us juniors and our boxing.
"I have probably stepped up my training compared to last year. I have been putting more work into my fitness."
The Youth level contender will be hoping to improve on his 7-6 fight record in Sydney and he knows the right way to do it.
"I will just go in and throw punches and not get hit."
Following the success of last year's Grafton Amateur Fight Night at the Clarence River Jockey Club, Grafton Amateur Boxing Club is set to double up this year with two live and local events. The first is set to take place at the CRJC on Saturday, April 22 while the second one will be on Saturday, August 26.