EVER since the age of 11, North Nowra’s Brock Harris has dreamed of success in the boxing ring.
Now the 18-year-old, who trains fights out of Crocker's Boxing Gym in the Illawarra, with his “fantastic” coach Vito Gaudiosi and assistant coach Kon Kinnas, his dream is turning into reality with every passing day.
He started amateur fighting through Boxing Australia NSW, for Crocker's Boxing Gym when he was 14-years- old.
“My weekly training schedule involves travelling from Nowra to Dapto after work five to six nights a week to train with Vito,” Harris said.
“Training includes; sparing, pad and bag work, strength training, skipping, balance training, cardio and conditioning.
“When I’m not at the gym, I train at home, running on a daily basis, eating clean and doing pad and bag work.”
He also juggles his love of the sport with work. He is a fourth apprentice cabinet maker New Image Kitchens and has also launched his own business B and K Cabinetry and property maintenance.
Over the last few years, Harris has gone from strength-to-strength in pursing his boxing career.
On February 17 and 18 this year, he fought at Blacktown PCYC in the 75kg youth division, where he took out the NSW Championship against some incredible opponent's.
Following the state titles, he travelled to South Australia with the NSW team coached by Anthony Redward and Sean Fitzpatrick.
On March 4 at the Boxing SA tournament at the Dompolski Centre in Adelaide, even though he was up against a tough boxer, he brought home the win for NSW.
Harris will now turn his attention to the under 19 Australian Championships and Elite Men's Selection April 3-8, at Magic Millions Auditorium in Morphettville, South Australia.
He will again be competing for NSW at the Australian titles, under coaches who are yet to be nominated by Boxing NSW.
“My expectations are it will be a tough fight against a tough opponent – I know I will get hit and have to work hard,” Harris said.
“To ensure I win, I’m going to listen to my coaches and really adapt to my opponent on the day.
“As I always say – it’s important to stay focused, box smart, breathe and stay humble.
"I’m so lucky to have the support around me, from my family and coaches, who always push me to stay focused through my boxing career".
To ensure I win, I’m going to listen to my coaches and really adapt to my opponent on the day.Brock Harris
The championships are selections to represent Australia at the Youth Commonwealth Games, to be held in the Bahamas in July.
Definitely, one of his goals.
”I want to win the Australian Championship,” he sad.
“Then travel to the Bahamas to bring home gold for Australia at the Youth Commonwealth Games.”
After the Commonwealth Games, his goal is to turn professional and become the world champion.