Narkle has eye on Rio Olympics

The club remains broken but the storm never threatened the indigenous boxer�s unflinching ambition to reach the pinnacle of boxing.

He stepped closer to that dream when he became the WA state champion in the 60kg class last month, and next week he is vying for the national title at 2015 Australian Boxing Championships on the Gold Coast.

While his training regime has been geographically ad hoc, Narkle�s vision to succeed has never deviated.

In fact, he sees the national title this week as a step to his higher ambitions of turning pro and fighting for Australia in the Rio Olympics next year.

Almost five years of training preceded Narkle�s successful national title tilt, patiently learning his craft from his coach Peter Scott at the Forrestfield Bulls Amateur Boxing Club.

Competing in the 60kg class for the first time, he ousted fellow Forrestfield boxer Michael Thompson and Cuban Boxing Club�s Peter Jenkins to become state champion for his weight.

Coach Scott, who has trained seven Australian champions, described Narkle as a fleet-footed mover who hardly ever was hit.

But more recently he has developed extra power and a more attacking style, thanks to the added intensive training involved with his firefighting cadetship.

�Since I started the cadetship I think I�ve got a lot better, especially with strength,� Narkle said.

�I train at work once in the morning, so most days I�ll end up training two or three times.�

The five years of training is finally paying dividends. After two marginal losses at the 56kg state title, Narkle found his feet in 60kg class and won the state title in his first shot.

�I feel better and stronger at 60kg. I was starving a bit at 56kg,� he said.

�My goal at the moment is to make it to the 2016 Olympics.�

�I think I�m making the right steps at the moment; I�ve just won the state title and just need to go over to the national titles to hopefully get a win there.�

Narkle has already impressed in several of his interstate fights.

He easily beat a boxer in South Australia who recently competed in the youth world titles and was praised by Anthony Mundine after a fight in Sydney.

Narkle said he strivedto be a role model for younger boxers.

�I�m proud to be Aboriginal. I try to do the right thing and keep people out of trouble and be a role model to the younger ones,� he said.