Ben will go down fighting for gold



BEN McEachran admits he won't be happy with adding a second Commonwealth Games bronze medal to his prized collection when the 2006 Games boxing competition gets under way on Friday.

The Gladstone heavyweight will not be content unless he makes the final.

And even then it will be hard for him to recall Melbourne with too much fondness unless he wins the gold.

With the remainder of the 10member Australian squad, McEachran has settled into the Games village and is winding down his preparations, turning lengthy training sessions into shorter, more intensive workouts.

He will get to know the identity of his first opponent when the Games draw is held on Thursday.

"I've heard I'm coming into this ranked fifth. There's a Pommie guy who's highly rated but those rankings don't mean too much anyway,'' McEachran said after finishing training at the Brunswick gym yesterday.



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