National assignment for young Rocky boxer this weekend
WITH adrenaline coursing through his veins and determination in his eyes, Orion Brown will go glove-to-glove with the best youth boxers from around the nation.
Following a very successful year in the ring, winning nine of his 12 bouts, Brown will contest the Australian Youth Championships in Acacia Ridge this weekend.
Feeling confident heading into the championships, the CQMMA boxer said it was all part of his dream to fight at the world titles next year. "I'm feeling pretty good," Brown said. "My preparation has been going well and I have been training pretty hard. I'm aiming to go to the world titles in February and realistically I would like to get a medal this weekend."
While Brown had contested the Australian League Championships in the past and achieved a silver medal, he was expecting a different level of competition at the Australian Association Youth Championships.
"This is a bit different," he said. "I don't really know what fighters I'm going to be up against and I haven't really seen them but I guess there will be a few tough ones there."
CQMMA coach Brenton Doblo had high hopes for Brown and said he had improved immensely since changing from the league to association competition.
"We changed to the association from the league because we couldn't get any match-ups for Orion," Doblo said. "His confidence has been growing since he joined the association competition and he has been improving in leaps and bounds since September. It's going to be hard as he is fighting in the youth age bracket, 16 and 17 years, and he's only 15 but he wants to go to the world titles next year when he is 16."