Ballajura boxing hotshot wants to be ‘the greatest’


Idris Jelle is on a winning streak.
Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au   d473557
Idris Jelle is on a winning streak. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d473557

BALLAJURA Cuban boxer Idris Jelle (14) says his goal is “to become the greatest” after claiming an unbeaten run of three gold medals in 2017.

The Perth-based Cuban Boxing Club member has been boxing since he was eight.

This year, Idris won state and national schoolboy championships and the national golden gloves in Brisbane last month.

He now heads to the Boxing WA State Titles from September 15 to 16.

Idris said the winning aspect of boxing was what he loved the most.

“I just started boxing because my brother used to do it and he asked me to come down to the club,” he said.

“I started liking it and my goal is to become the greatest.”

The Australian Islamic College student, who trained six times a week, said he wanted to win Olympic gold.

Coach Ruben ‘the Cuban’ Sanchez, a former Olympic gold medallist and world champion, said Idris was one of several boxers at his club who could become Olympic champions.

“He is a very good talent and he is better than all of the kids,” he said.

“He is more disciplined and has more motivation to train.”

Sanchez said he helped many Perth boxers become national champions and medallists at world events after coaching boxers from Mongolia and China to Olympic gold.

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