Hervey Bay mum Linda Casboult is aiming to be a big hit in her first boxing bout tonight. She’ll be one of three fighters from the Bay in action in Caloundra.
Hervey Bay mum Linda Casboult is aiming to be a big hit in her first boxing bout tonight. She’ll be one of three fighters from the Bay in action in Caloundra. Alistair Brightman

Bay women box it out

THREE Hervey Bay women will be out to make a lasting impression on the Sunshine Coast tonight – on their opponents.

Charley Needles, Linda Casboult and Casey Walters will all step into the ring for boxing bouts at the Caloundra RSL and they are all aiming to make a fist of it.

Sixteen-year-old Needles will be the youngest of the trio, who are all members of the Street Smart Thai Boxing Club, to enter the ring.

The Urangan State High School student will be having the sixth fight of her career, a career which has seen her win three of the bouts.

She will stand toe-to-toe against Kingaroy’s Angela Soanes – the bout will be a chance to earn some bragging rights ahead of a showdown between the pair for the Australian bantamweight title next month.

While Needles, whose dream it is to represent Australia in boxing during an Olympics, has experienced the pain and glory of having a fight, it will be a new experience for Casboult, the mother of 16-year-old Queensland Global Boxing bantamweight champion Matthew.

The 43-year-old, who sparred one round with Fred Mundraby, the Australian bantamweight champion at the Hervey Bay PCYC this month, will be having the first “proper” fight of her career.

Casboult, whose only other boxing experience was an exhibition bout last year, said she was looking forward to her big night.

“It’s weird – I feel really calm about it all but I guess that might change when I get there,” she said.

“I’ve been training seven months for this chance and I am determined to make the most of it.”

But why has she decided to give boxing a crack?

“Well, I always go to Matthew’s fights so I thought I’d like to have a go one day – that day is now,” she said.

Walters is normally a Muay Thai kick-boxer but the 26-year-old mother of two is using the trip south to improve her boxing skills.

She has had just one kick-boxing bout in her career, a draw in a bout at the Gold Coast PCYC earlier this month.

Coach of the trio, Craig Glover, said all three had been training hard for tonight.

“They have been leaving the gym looking as though they’ve been swimming – they’ve been covered in sweat,” Glover said.

“They’ve been training their butts off but that’s what you’ve got to do if you are determined to be a success.

“You could say that all three are not afraid of hard work and I am sure that dedication will pay off tonight.”



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