Fight of Matthew's life
MATTHEW Casboult has been dealt a real body blow.
Not by one of his rivals in a boxing ring, though.
The talented 16-year-old fighter has been hit hard by the closure of the Hervey Bay PCYC.
Casboult, the Queensland Boxing Association Wide Bay 55kg division champion, now has nowhere to train.
Neither do any other members of the Hervey Bay PCYC Boxing Lions.
They cannot even access their training gear – it's all in the centre.
A far from ideal situation for Casboult when you consider he's trying to prepare for the Golden Glove Championships in Caboolture in two weeks.
A good performance there would ensure he'd step into the ring for the Queensland titles in October.
That won't happen unless Casboult, whose dream is to represent Australia in the Commonwealth and Olympic Games one day, can urgently find somewhere to train.
Manager of the Hervey Bay PCYC Boxing Lions, Gavin Exelby, said it came as no surprise that Casboult was feeling devastated by what had happened to his boxing home.
“He's not alone either – we all are,” Exelby said.
“It's an absolute nightmare to be honest – it couldn't have happened at a worse time I can tell you.
“We were due to host a training camp this weekend and have almost 40 boxers from Bundy come down for it – we've had to can that, of course.
“I just wish we can get this mess sorted out and get it done quickly.”
In the meantime, Exelby said he hoped someone would come forward and offer the club somewhere to train – especially Casboult.
“Matthew is gearing up for the biggest fight of his young career (he's won two from two),” Exelby said.
“The Golden Glove Championships are a huge opportunity for him – I'd hate to see him miss out now.
“He's been so impressive in his two fights to date.
“I'm sure he'd go real well in the championships because I've no doubt he's got a huge future in the sport.
“I hope the current situation doesn't ruin it.”