Batemans Bay boxer Skye Falzon has returned from a successful training trip to Malta, as she looks to gear up for a tilt at the Commonweath Games.
Falzon originally traveled to Europe for a fight, but those plans changed once she touched down on the island nation.
“Unfortunately my opponent ended up pulling out, so I was essentially over there for a training camp,” she said.
“One of our professional boxers, Haithem Laamouz, has been training tin the Bay. “He’s with our coach, but he’s from Malta.
“He had a really big fight over there, so I got to go over to train with him.”
Falzon said the two weeks were tough.
“We were training three times a day with lots of sparring; just really intense workouts, and it was forty degrees over there,” she said.
Falzon is now in preparations for the Commonwealth Games qualifiers, a tournament she has been preparing for for weeks.
“We had the NSW selections about six weeks ago,” Falzon said.
“I won silver in that, and they take the gold and silver places for the NSW team to the Commonwealth Games selection.”
“All the different states will fight for the Australian spot, and they only take one fighter to the Commonwealths.”
Falzon is currently in a weight cut, but said this one was going a lot better than her last.
I have three fights in three days, and you have to win all three fights to have a chance at qualifying.Skye Falzon
“The last prep for a fight was pretty hard,” she said.
“I had to sit in a salt bath for a couple of days before the fight to cut four kilos, so that was a pretty stressful time.
“This time I’m on track, so preparation is going really well for this fight.”
And Falzon believes her preparation will lead to success.
“I’m pretty confident at the moment, especially with the way my training is going,” she said.
“I have three fights in three days, and you have to win all three fights to have a chance at qualifying.
“My second fight is against Skye Nicolson who is currently the best in the country, so she’s the one to beat. If you can beat her, you pretty much secure your spot.”
And although Falzon’s short-term goals are the Commonwealth Games, she has far bigger aspirations for the future.
“Everyone’s biggest goal is the Olympic Games,” she said. “The World Championships are pretty big as well.”
“My coach and I have talked about going pro, but that’s a long way down the track.”