Shane Parry is ready for his first fight after winning a state title.
Shane Parry is ready for his first fight after winning a state title. Gerard Walsh

Parry gloves up for shot at title

ANYONE who thinks boxing is about knocking down your opponent should think again.

Warwick Boxing Club co-trainer Rodd Parry doesn’t encourage his son Shane to go for a knockout.

“If you do, it makes too many openings for your opponent,” Rodd said.

“Your defence gets sloppy.”

Shane Parry is happy to be known by his nickname ‘Hurricane’ even if a Hurricane should be going for a knockout.

Rodd said Shane won one of this fights inside half a minute but most of his fights went the distance.

Shane said he would rather win on points, which is good news for promoters who want to keep the entertainment going.

Three generations of the Parry family moved to Warwick more than two years ago to escape the rat race.

Around that time Shane joined the Warwick Boxing Club. His grandfather, Roy, is co-trainer with Rodd.

Shane won his first Global Amateur Boxing Association Queensland title with a middleweight points decision against a Maroochydore boxer in February.

He also received some punching gear and an award for being Fighter of the Night.

On May 14, he will be back in the ring to fight Rockhampton boxer Lachlan Hinchliffe in a tournament at Roma.

“I am confident with my training in the run-up to the fight,” Shane said.

Such is his determination to succeed, Shane travels to Toowoomba each week to spar at the gym of Brett Richards.

He trains for 90 minutes each weekday and reckons farm work for Shearings Produce, at Allora, also helps him keep up his fitness level.

“Farm work is good for my top-end strength,” he said.

While the Roma fight is not a state title defence, Shane knows he has to put his title on the line if he receives a challenge.

“I am prepared to fight anyone to procure a bout for the Australian title,” he said.

His cousin, Paul Parry, will also fight at Roma in the 32kg division. He has a record of five wins from six fights and was runner-up in the last Golden Gloves.

The lone Warwick female boxer, Britnee Wallace, weighs in at 47kg and is quietly confident of performing well against a boxer from Island Sands at Roma.

It was tough to find a match for Wallace and she will come up against a boxer with a record of one win from one fight.

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