Kingaroy boxer an inspiration to our region's kids
STANLEY Green makes his community proud every time he steps in the ring, whether is be at training or fighting for a national title.
The 17-year-old Kingaroy boxer has put in the hard yards this year to finish 2018 with a silver medal around his neck after a fighting performance at the Australian amateur boxing league titles in Tasmania.
Stanley has transformed this year not only physically, from 63kg to fighting fit at 80kg, but as a person since training under Andrew Ma for the past six months at Kingaroy's Ma Fu Wing Fight Club.
"I have seen huge transformation from being a kid unsure about his future turning into an inspirational man,” Ma said.
Ma couldn't be prouder of the way Stanley has carried himself and the difference he is making for young kids, just like him, in the South Burnett region.
"He has done wonders for the community by putting boxing on the map and being an ambassador for young aboriginal kids,” he said.
Ma can't go to the shops with Stanley without people, some they don't know personally, asking bout Stanley's progress and what is next for him.
"It is not something that has happened overnight especially because he is a natural athlete,” he said.
"When he came to me I said, 'We need more than your natural ability,' and since I have been on his tail he has had no opportunity to go backwards
Stanley starts each day by running up Mt Wooroolin followed by a stength a conditioning session at Snap Fitness and then has boxing training in the afternoon.
Ma believes there will be big things on the horizon for Stanley in 2019.
"I see us travelling a lot all round Australia or the world, whatever falls in our hands. We have had promoters offer us fights and accommodation all around the world and we just have to be prepared,” Ma said.
Stanley will be looking to travel to fight at the golden gloves in America next year, a fight that will be a great assett to his resume.
He is focussed and committed to achieving his goals and Ma said it is easy to forget that he is still a teenager.
"He is still a kid and people start to forget that, because of the way he works and handles himself but you need to remember he is a kid,” he said.