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There's nothing that will get you in better shape than boxing, according to Prestige Boxing owner and coach Roger Spence.
Spence has been coaching young men in the Lithgow area to box since they were kids and has lead them on a journey to competing in the ring.
This November several fighters from Prestige Boxing will head to Adelaide, South Australia to compete in the 2020 Club Championships.
"Club Championships is run by Boxing Australia and allows clubs to register and then register our fighters. There are clubs from all over the country," Spence said.
He said it was a good opportunity to showcase the boxing gym and its fighters and their abilities, especially if they wanted to go professional.
"If you want to go down that path, if that's something on some of the boys minds, this [championships] is a good step in the right direction because you need to get noticed first," he said.
"You need to get on the radar because there isn't really a direct line if you want to go to the Commonwealth Games for example."
Spence said his fighters are completing a six week training camp as they head into fight nights to determine who will go through to the Club Championships.
"We'll start ramping it up now and see who's ready.
"We don't want to, for their sake, chuck somebody in the deep end because if they get a bad fight, they kind of get knocked around a bit and that could end it for them," he said.
Spence said anyone thinking of getting into boxing should give it a go.
"I think just from a young age boys like to wrestle and fight and they use that as a measuring tool to see where they're at. Boxing allows that in a controlled and safe environment," he said.
He said it teaches people self control and an understanding of what they're capable of as well as being good for the mind.
"There's a psychological and physical aspect of boxing" he said.
Currently Prestige Boxing has 45 members and welcomes more including children.
"The earliest we usually take kids is about six or seven, even with that they usually just kind of muck around but it's good because it keeps them active. We've got a juniors division and then the teenagers, so teenagers can compete from 14," Spence said.
"If you haven't tried boxing, then you definitely need to come down and check it out, it's one of the best fitness programs you can do," he said.
There are also near plans for a ladies boxing class.
The gym is located at Unit 5/157 Bells Road near Access Industries and operates Monday to Thursday from 4pm to 8pm.
Spence said Prestige was also following all COVID-safe measures.
"We've got sign ins and we're keeping our distance as well as limiting class numbers and stuff like that. It's all about working around the new standard," he said.
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