Young boxers William Belton, Ben Bowes Jessie Bray and Harley Broome look on as Des Upton and Russell Tucker some measurements for the new ring.
Young boxers William Belton, Ben Bowes Jessie Bray and Harley Broome look on as Des Upton and Russell Tucker some measurements for the new ring. Contributed

Boxers to get boxing ring

THE Rockhampton PCYC stages some excellent boxing tournaments and yet the one thing the club has never owned has been a boxing ring.

Now all that is about to change.

When the young fighters step forward to box at the next tournament in Rockhampton, they will step through the ropes onto their own ring for the first time.

“We needed a ring for hosting our tournaments,” veteran trainer Des Upton said.

“It will save me from making a big trip to Blackwater.”

Upton not only helps to erect and dismantle the ring for each tournament, but also collects and returns it to Blackwater.

A boxing ring does not come cheap and Upton said local businesses and the Rockhampton Regional Council had got behind the project. Materials were donated with Green Steel and Griffin Builders major contributors.

“This professional-standard ring will allow the Rockhampton region to benefit from not being dependant on renting a boxing ring from other organisations in other cities,” Upton said.

Rockhampton PCYC is now in a position to make money by hiring out the ring.

“It’s just about finished now,” Upton said.

Had the PCYC wished to buy a new ring, the cost would have been about $12,000, and that is money the club does not have, as much of the funds they raise goes towards transporting young fighters to venues around the state.

Upton said there were numerous people who had given assistance, including RCC Deputy Mayor Rose Swadling who, after viewing work on the project, guided the club through the council’s grant application process.

“Gerald Victor has been fantastic; he’s done it all in his workshop (Murphy Motors),” Upton said.

The Rockhampton PCYC hosts its next tournament on April 17 and boxers start training for the new season from February 13.



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