AFTER just two years in the ring, 17-year-old JackDenahy is preparing for hisfirst shot at a national title and will travel to Queensland in May in an attempt to take home the under-19 championship.
The former apprentice plumber was recently chosen to represent Victoria at the Underage National Titles on the Gold Coast after being namedthe state’s second-strongest fighter in the 56-60 kilogram weight division.
The teenager has stepped up his training regime in the last two months, choosing to focus his efforts full time ahead of the national bout.
Denahy’s efforts have earned himThe Courier’sIntersport Sportzbiz Junior Sports Star of the Week award.
Denahy, who trains at Bodyconnect gym in Ballarat,said a strong performance at the national titles would help to launch his career as a professional boxer.
“Getting to fight the top guys in the country will be great, but most of them have had between 20 and 30 fights, and I reckon I’m right up there with them,” Denahy said. “The goal is to win the title.”
Before heading to the Gold Coast Denahy and fellow Bodyconnect boxer Ryan Dunstan will travel to the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra to take part in a three day intensive camp where they will get the opportunity to train under some of the country’s best coaches.
Denahy said the trip to the nation’s capital was an excellent opportunity to continue his professional development.
“It’s going to be awesome,” Denahy said. “I just want to learn as much as I can from as many people as possible.”
Coach ClintonVermaak said Denahy had shown enormous dedication to boxing since taking to the sport.
“He’s just got better and better and he’s a pretty gifted kid.”
The CourierIntersport SportzBiz Junior Sports Star of the Week receives $50 IntersportSportzBiz voucher.
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