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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, goodna state school, redbank plains, sean mulford


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