Bay boxer is keen for crown

MATTHEW Casboult will have a fighting chance to be crowned an Australian boxing champion in Hervey Bay tonight.

The Hervey Bay teenager will glove up for a shot at winning the national 54kg title when he steps into the ring during the opening night of the Global Boxing Australian Championships at the PCYC.

The 15-year-old Casboult will enter the bout full of confidence after winning the Global Boxing Queensland bantamweight title in Lowood last month.

He did that in style, beating the current Australian champion in all three rounds of the contest.

Trained by Hervey Bay's Craig Glover, Casboult will be aiming to impress plenty of family and friends but his trainer knows it won't be an easy assignment.

“Winning a national title never is,” Glover, who has trained Casboult for two years, said.

“The youngster he's fighting (Brisbane's Jason Cooper) will be no pushover either.

“He's a former Golden Gloves and Australian champion and he's got a big reputation.

“They reckon he's in a class of his own - we'll see.”

Glover said Casboult, who will feature in one of the more than 15 bouts on the card tonight, is shaping up well for the showdown.

“He's been training real well,” Glover said.

“There will be no lack of firepower from him - he's hitting harder than I've ever seen him do.

“He won't be holding back I can tell you.”

Tonight will be an-all boxing affair but that won't be the case tomorrow.

There will be a combination of boxing (covering 14 weight divisions) and Muay Thai showdowns.

Doors open at the O'Rourke Street venue at 4.30pm on both days.

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