Young boxer punches his way to top at State Championships
SINCE stepping into the ring just over twelve months ago, a young Cherbourg boxer has already collected a number of accolades.
Pharrell Chapman, 16, was named the 2019 Queensland 60kg Boxing Champion for his weight division.
Now, he has been selected into the Boxing Queensland Future Squad and will compete in the nationals competition at the Gold Coast next month.
Chapman's mother Linda Georgetown said she'd never seen her son so determined to succeed.
"Pharrell used to play footy in the junior rugby league competition.
"He got started into boxing last year after watching the likes of Mayweather and Pacquiao and decided he wanted to try something different.
"I knew Jim Hawkins, who is a boxing coach around here, had been trying to find new recruits.
"I told Pharrell about him and he has been training with him ever since.
"He trains really hard and also does a lot of training by himself and on his days off,” she said.
Despite going down to his opponent in his first professional match-up at Hervey Bay in June 2018, Georgetown said that didn't stop her son from finding his stride.
"After Pharrell lost his first fight, he trained even harder and won the second one.
"He has now had 16 fights and has only lost five of them.
"Since he started boxing he has been named the Gold Glove Champion for this year and last year as well as the QLD Novelty Title and now the State Champion.
"He was over the moon to win his weight division as the QLD State Champion,” she said.
Currently in Year 10 at Murgon State High School, Georgetown said her son had big plans for his future career in the boxing ring.
"He said his ultimate goal is to make it the to 2024 Olympics,” Georgetown said.
"Michael and I are really proud parents and just try to support our children in whatever they choose to do in life.”
Georgetown jokingly said at the moment they have a book shelf, but it's quickly filling up with trophies and said they might need to get something bigger in the future.