Youngsters back in the ring
World champion Daniel Geale will bring his stable of young stars to Canberra after a decision to raise the boxing age in the ACT was overturned yesterday.
The ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal ruled the ACT Government had given Boxing ACT insufficient time to prepare for a proposed change in the minimum boxing age from 10 to 14.
Geale, the International Boxing Federation middleweight title holder, coaches young boxers in Sydney, who will make the trek to Canberra for a tournament in Erindale tomorrow.
Boxing ACT president Michael Ninness applauded the tribunal’s decision but was aware it could be a short-term victory as the government looks to raise the age for future events.
‘‘It means a lot to the young boxers who have been training towards this tournament, they’re not going to be disappointed,’’ Ninness said.
‘‘It’ll still give them hope for the future to aspire to be Olympic athletes.
‘‘There is some concern about (the Government raising the age) and we’re starting to prepare ourselves for a battle.’’
The ACT Government is attempting to bring the territory in line with NSW, which is the only state in Australia to have a minimum boxing age of 14.
Ninness said no serious injuries had been recorded in the past 12 years for fighters between the ages of 10 and 14, encompassing between 800 and 1000 bouts.
Boxing ACT is planning to hold its next tournament in July, and requires a permit from the ACT Government before it goes ahead.