TWO South Gippsland boxers are well placed to win national titles next month in Perth.
Marty Snooks, 15, from Korumburra, and Tyler Bindloss, 14, from Toora, are training twice daily in the lead up to the event.
Their coach, Scott Bindloss, who trains them from a gym at the Foster showgrounds, has been impressed with the boys’ work ethic and dedication.
Marty will compete in the 46kg division, the smallest category, and Tyler is in the 75kg division, the largest.
Despite the weight difference, there’ve been some spirited sparing sessions between the two.
Both a great mates though, and need to be, spending plenty of time together on the road and at training.
Marty made his debut at this level of competition last year where he was defeated by the eventual gold medallist.
This will be Tyler’s first crack at the nationals, but will take in some good form after a solid showing at the recent Victorian titles where he was a beaten finalist in a split decision in the 68kg division.
“These two are at the top level,” Scott said.
“They are the only two Gippsland-based boxers who are going to the nationals.
“They both went to Canberra to compete recently and have taken on the best in Australia in the past 12 months.
“Marty’s been there before and he knows what to expect. Last year he went for the experience whereas this year he’d be confident of winning the title and representing Australia next year.”
Scott said the boys’ willingness to travel to take on the best has them well placed for success.
“We’ll go anywhere – we’re well known for that.”
Scott said the lads have different skills, but both are tireless workers.
“Marty has great skills. He’s technically a very good boxer. He’s super fit and throws a million punches a round. He has a high work rate and is very tough.
“Tyler punches like a mule and has a chin like granite. He’s super tough too.”
Both have been honing their skills at Boxing Victoria’s Centre of Excellence, a part of the Australian Institute of Sport, where they are training among other future Olympic and Commonwealth Games hopefuls.
They also train in Leongatha with Brad Anderson on Monday nights.
The Australian Championships will be held in Perth from April 5 to 12.