Shane starts year with state win
SHANE Parry has started the 2011 sporting year with a Global Amateur Boxing Association state title win.
His victory over Maroochydore boxer Mick Murray to win a state middleweight title has earned Parry the monthly Daily News/Warwick Credit Union Senior Sports Star of the Month.
Like every boxer, Parry is proud of the championship belt he won in the title fight at Maroochydore when he also won fighter of the night.
Parry moved with his family from Brisbane to Warwick more than two years ago and almost immediately took up a new sport – boxing.
His major sports as a junior were futsal and football, but now he plays some basketball to help with his fitness.
In two years, Parry has won eight of his 11 bouts.
Once he is a state champion, Parry has six weeks of title glory before he is required to accept any challenges to his title.
He is yet to be challenged but is in a non-title bout at Roma on May 14 where he hopes a victory will get him closer to securing a fight for the Australian title late this year.
While he is now fighting as an amateur, Parry plans to turn professional one day and make some money out of the sport.
He is trained at the Warwick Boxing Club by his father Rodd and grandfather Roy Parry.
As a monthly senior award winner, Parry, 18, wins a $100 savings account at the Warwick Credit Union and will be one of the monthly winners vying for the $1000 first prize for sports star of the year at the awards dinner early next year.