Gloves are off for giant New Year's resolution
WHILE many of us will be making a New Year's resolution this weekend, one Ipswich boxer has assigned himself a mammoth task in 2017.
Fresh from taking out the South East Queensland novice title, Faiga Opelu has made a New Year's resolution to dwarf any other in Ipswich.
After indulging in some extra Christmas calories, the future heavyweight will embark on a brutal routine of training and nutrition as he makes the transition from amateur to professional boxer.
Coached at the Fightwright Boxing Club, Opelu has competed across Queensland, and in his home country of New Zealand.
"I've always wanted to be a boxer and I'm ready,” he said.
"I've done great in the amateurs and to take that big step into the pros is a big challenge.
"I've got a lot of supporters behind me and that's another reason I want to do this.”
Celebrating his 23rd birthday today, the young boxer is preparing to take on an unknown opponent at the upcoming Golden Gloves tournament.
Not fazed by the mystery, Opelu said he's stick to his own preparations and leave the decision making to the judges.
"I go in there with the mindset of I do what I do, it's what I train for,” he said.
"At the end of the day it's all up to the judges.
"I like to keep the middle of the ring and keep going forward.
"It all depends on the fighter and what the game plan is.”
Opelu knows he has a long way to go in the sport of boxing, but that hasn't stopped the Ipswich boxer from dreaming big.
"I'm in the sport for the long run and not just for now,” he said.
"I don't just want to be a Queensland or Australian champion, I want to be a world champion holding a big belt.”
"I'm still a baby in the sport and I've got a long way to go yet.”
Unlike his last opponent, Opelu is ready for whoever the Golden Gloves pair him with in the ring.
Confused but amused, the 100kg fighter had a Muay Thai heavyweight cancel his last bout at the last minute after just one look at his intimidating frame.