Games hopefuls are on the ropes

ADAM Jones will relish the pressure of favouritism at next month’s Commonwealth Games boxing trials – if he can get there.

The 23-year-old Yamba southpaw lists strength as his main attribute and will need to call on every ounce of it to face up to the mounting costs involved in making the trek to Fremantle.

Both Adam and his brother Christopher, who will also compete, must raise around $2500 each.

While other pugilists are perfecting their hooks, the duo is busy scraping together every dollar to afford their shot at the big time on February 13-14.

For a place at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi later this year, Adam – ‘stoked just to be nominated’ – will contest the light heavyweight division and 17-year-old Christopher the 69kg middleweight category.

“We are struggling at the moment. We only have a bag off the roof but we beat most of the Sydney boxers,” Adam said.

“I guess we just scrape through every year, even when we come to the Australian Titles.

“I’d be pretty cut if we didn’t go because I have done a lot of effort to go.”

With three national titles in as many years – and a growing reputation – Adam is considered by judges as one of the frontrunners for the event. Not that the expectations burden his 81kg body.

“I believe (I’ll be a favourite) but I like the pressure.” he said.

“I have done a lot more training than I have for a normal fight. We go running every single morning and have gym sessions in the afternoon.

“I’d be pretty stoked if I qualified. It’s nothing like an Australian title.

“It’s going to be really tough though.”

The brothers can be found training at Yamba’s beaches from 5am every morning under the eye of Norm Harvey.

Despite the ‘definite rivalry’ between the pair, Adam said the siblings push themselves to the limit and are expectant of further good results.

“He’ll (Christopher) have a fairly big chance as well,” he said.

“It’s good because we encourage each other to push ourselves.

“If one of us gets a bit stronger or better, the other one wants to make sure we stay in touch.”

Jones found the sport through the Yamba Boxing Club and plans on turning professional following his Commonwealth Games foray.

He has had around 65 amateur bouts for an 80 per cent success rate, while Christopher has notched 15 wins from his 24 entries into the ring.

 If you can help the pair get to the Games trials, contact them on 0408 774 479.

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