Jab at title pays off for teen titan

Pulling no punches: Teenager Shannon McCulloch, who won the Novice State Title recently, in training with coach Domenic Urbano. Picture: Elle Borgward www.communitypix.com.au d409493
Pulling no punches: Teenager Shannon McCulloch, who won the Novice State Title recently, in training with coach Domenic Urbano. Picture: Elle Borgward www.communitypix.com.au d409493

The 18-year-old boxing talent has gone from strength to strength under the guidance of his coach Domenic Urbano ever since he put on his first pair of boxing gloves.

His recent state title championship win, at the Scarborough Sportsmens Club, is a testament to his dedication and commitment to the sport, Urbano said.

‘It was a big call for him to start boxing and then enter a state title eight months later,’ he said. ‘It’s a compliment to himself, that he had the determination and focus within, to go on and win.

‘There are people who train for two years before they get to that stage.’

McCulloch initially started out doing fitness boxing, but decided he wanted to improve his technique, so he approached Urbano.

‘I just got better and better, I did a lot of training and then decided to fight,’ McCulloch said

He now spends at least five days a week at the gym, undergoing an intensive two-hour training regime, and follows a strict diet regime, to make sure he is in the best possible form when he next steps into the ring.

‘I guess it’s become a bit on an addiction. At the moment my focus is on fighting in as many competitions and I can and I’ll just see how far I can go with it.’