Sport

12-year-old boxer eyeing mountain top

ON RIGHT TRACK: Sean Mulford is a promising young boxer who has already won Queensland titles.
ON RIGHT TRACK: Sean Mulford is a promising young boxer who has already won Queensland titles. Sarah Harvey

AT TWELVE, most kids are interested in playing video games and finishing primary school.

Redbank Plains boy Sean Mulford on the other hand is training to become a world champion.

Sean has already won three championship titles after taking up boxing only nine months ago, including south east and Queensland titles. He is currently in training to fight for his state against the country's best in the 38kg division at the Australian championships in Adelaide in February.

Dubbed "The Champ" at his Redbank Plains gym, Sean won the Queensland novice title with a TKO in the first round.

His trainer Will Barrett said he believes Sean has the talent to go a long way in the sport.

"Australia's never won a gold medal at the Olympics, but with the talent and work ethic he's got, with four years of training I think he'd have a shot," he said.

"It's high praise ... but look at the achievements he's made in less than a year."

The Goodna State School student said he was turned on to the sport at a pre-season training session at the Aftermath Gym in Redbank Plains. "My best mate took me to a training session for the first time," Sean said.

"(The first time in the ring) I was pretty nervous. But I'm better now. I've got used to the nerves.

"I'd sparred at training before so I was kind of ready for it I think."

While still a newcomer to the sport, Sean said he's learning to trust his instincts in the ring.

"I don't have many thoughts in my head when I get into the ring now."

He now trains four days a week for two hours a night at the gym where he is preparing for Adelaide.

Competing at the Australian championships in Adelaide will showcase Sean's talent to a wider audience, including the Australian Institute of Sport.

"If he wins in February, it will set him up perfectly, he'll have the attention of the scouts," Barrett said. "He's still young at the moment but in a few years when he's 14, 15 or 16, he'll be right in their sights."

The Australian championships will be held in Adelaide from February 10-6.

Topics:  boxing, redbank plains



Top award winner appreciates valuable help

Ipswich Knights Player of the Year Lucas Wilson with team physio Shingo Sakai.

Physio keeps Knights player on the field

Car collides with police vehicle while on the run

The Queensland Police Polair 2 helicopter, which will begin operations from July 5, 2014.

Polair has been called in again after a driver evaded police.

LETTER: Time to give Muslims a fair go in our letters

Muslim Woman pray and Beautiful background.

I am at a loss to understand how Muslims are holding us ransom

Local Partners

Bonus point gets Dan and Carleen over the line on The Block

Dan and Carleen in their winning living and dining rooms in a scene from The Block.

BABY boomers win living and dining week as show hits halfway mark.

Olivia Wilde having a girl

Olivia Wilde revealed she is expecting a baby girl.

Michael Palin: Terry Jones dementia is 'painful' to see

Michael Palin has found Terry Jones' decline "painful to watch"

Daniel Radcliffe hoped for haircut anonymity

Radcliffe thought shaving his head would make him more anonymous

Jim Carrey slams 'shameful greed' of lawsuit

Jim Carrey has slammed the "shameful greed" of White's ex-husband.

'Highly unlikely' Brad Pitt will face prosecution

It is highly unlikely that Brad Pitt will be prosecuted

Five ways to slash household bills and save the environment

THINK GREEN: Considering the environment when building or buying your next home can save you big dollars. The Village Building Company, who is responsible for Woodlinks Village at Collingwood Park, builds homes with this front of mind.

THERE is nothing as sweet as slashing dollars from your bills.

Investors out-bid first-home buyers in booming market

Housing generic.

Ipswich's housing market is putting more cash into sellers’ pockets

Another Ripley development

THE ENTRANCE: An overview of the last planned development for the fast growing Ripley area.

85 more home lots released

Property 200m from ocean selling for just over $100K

BEACHCOMBER PARK: Work has started on a new $19.2 million development at Toogoom.

The estate's developer is offering huge discounts for early buyers.

UPDATE: Former rodeo champ's sale rained out, now back on

Larkhill local Ken Consiglio is having an auction of most of the things on his property.

'People kept showing up and we had to turn them away'

First stages of $25 million housing development underway

New development on Madsen Rd - The Springs.

The blocks of land are much bigger than usual