Canberra boxer Adrian Farquhar shapes up with Anthony Mundine. Photo: Supplied
He moonlights as an actor and is mates with Jack Thompson, but teenage Canberra boxer Adrian Farquhar considers himself more Rocky than Sylvester Stallone.
His father and coach, Bobby, is a former ballet dancer turned actor, whose resume includes parts on hit British shows EastEnders and The Bill, and a small role as a drug dealer on Home and Away.
While he dabbles in acting himself, Adrian's aspiration is to win Australia’s first Olympic boxing gold medal in 2020.
Teenage Canberra boxer Adrian Farquhar with legendary actor Jack Thompson. Photo: Supplied
The 15-year-old has added 10kgs and shot up 10cm to 183cm since winning the 44kg national title last year, and will be fighting for gold in the 54kg class of the Australian junior championships in Perth next month.
Adrian recently spent time with Thompson on the set of children’s movie Tumblegum in Cowra, which Bobby stars in.
Despite landing a lead role in upcoming fighting film Cult-Like Behaviour it’s the likes of boxers Anthony Mundine and Daniel Geale he wants to emulate.
“Jack Thompson was really nice, he just told me to follow my dreams,’’ Farquhar said.
“At the moment, I’d like to concentrate on boxing a bit more, but once boxing’s over or as a side thing, I’d like to do more acting.
“First of all, I was quite nervous about my extra weight, but now I’m feeling comfortable where I am.
“I’ve got quite a big reach advantage over my opponents, so I try and use that.’’
After the national titles, Farquhar has his sights set on the junior world titles in Kansas in July.
Long term, he is leaning toward attempting to win Australia’s first Olympic gold medal before turning professional.
“We’ve been approached by two promoters from Britain and one in America if he goes pro at 18, but I want him to go to the Olympics,'' Bobby said.
“But it’s up to him, what he does I’ll support it.
“He’s a very quiet lad and doesn’t look like a boxer or talk line one.
“If someone told you Adrian was the Australian champion, you’d giggle.’’
Bobby insists Adrian can win the world title, but leaping five weight divisions at once is a huge challenge.
“It’s unheard of, most boxers only jump up one weight division every year,'' Bobby said.
“His body fat measurement [two per cent] was the lowest measured at the AIS.
“They did a lot of tests on him and were quite concerned but it’s just the way he is, he’s deceptively strong.’’