Boxer Faiga Opelu is turning professional.
Boxer Faiga Opelu is turning professional. Rob Williams

Learn to Fightwright in trainer's backyard

HIDDEN away in the backyard of a Redbank Plains property is a gym unlike any other.

Far from flashy, but built with a passion for boxing, New Zealand couple Trevor and Judy Wright are quietly training the next generation of Ipswich fighters.

President and secretary of the Fightwright Boxing Club, the couple's family touch has attracted a host of boxers of all ages and sizes.

For Ipswich boxer Faiga Opelu, it was that extra connection which drew him to the training of Trevor Wright.

"I like being around the younger ones and trying to help out where I can,” Opelu said. "It's nice being a bit of a role-model and it's extra motivation to do well yourself.”

Used to doing everything on their own, now both fighter and trainer have decided to find some extra support to take them to the next level.

"The biggest goal at the moment is just to get my name out there,” he said.

"There are promoters out there who are interested, but I want someone who will take me to the next level.

"I have a goal of being a world champion and I want someone who is going to challenge me to get up there.”

Just as Opelu hopes to find a suitable promoter to support his assault on professional boxing, Wright has started a similar search for sponsors.

Proud of his hand-built studio, which includes a full-size boxing ring, the FBC president said some of the current gym equipment had been made by the club's generous members.

"It would be great to get a proper ring set up,” Wright said. "I built everything in the gym myself and it's done the job.

"It's a family club and with the right sponsor we could really improve the equipment and facilities.”

For more information on the Fightwright Boxing Club in Redbank Plains, visit their Facebook page or club wedsite at www.fightwrightboxing.com.



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