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Echuca boxer ready to fight in Bendigo

Echuca boxer Anthony Burns will represent Victoria at the State of Origin boxing competition next month.

ERIN LYONS September 1, 2014 3:01am

Anthony Burns (right) with his coach Jason Garner, will represent Victoria.

The State of Origin boxing competition next month will be held at Truscott Stadium in Bendigo.

The tussle will see competitors from four different states clash gloves in attempt to claim the amateur boxing title.

Echuca’s Anthony Burns will represent Victoria in the fight against Queensland.

Burns, who trains at Garners boxing gym in Echuca, has spent more than a decade in the ring and has high hopes for the competition.

‘‘I have fought mostly between 2004 and 2007,’’ Burns said.

‘‘I never lost a fight during that time.

‘‘I was young and I was training 10 hours a day seven days per week.

‘‘I had a lot of time on my hands so I used that for boxing.’’

Marriage, children and work eventually devoured most of Burns’ time, but the boxing enthusiast was determined to perform well at the competition.

‘‘I’ve got the talent down,’’ he said.

‘‘I can fight and I’ve got the experience.

Following a lot of hard work and gruelling training sessions with mentor Jason Garner, Burns expected to be involved in about 10 bouts.

The competition is a popular one for boxers in what will be a critical lead-up to the Victorian Open Titles in November.

Aside from Burns’ intentions to compete, he was promoting the sport to children.

‘‘I’m basically a stepping stone and I want to pass on my skills,’’ he said.

‘‘ A lot of young kids get bullied so it’s all about building self confidence and learning self-defence.

‘‘Having those defensive skills could one day save their life.’’

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