Daniel Flaxman fights for NSW in a State of Origin boxing tournament

Young Hawkesbury boxer Daniel Flaxman will have the chance to bring home a gold for the Blues on Saturday, July 13, when he fights in the Esme Smith State of Origin Boxing Tournament at Toowoomba.

Flaxman will face Queensland's Cassidy Thornberry, son of former world champion and holder of the IBO World Super Middleweight Title in 1995, Rick Thornberry.

Young fighter: Daniel Flaxman (left) alongside fellow Boxfitt Gym fighters Mitchell Bartolo and Tyrell Adams, after their tournament in Canberra on April 6. Picture: Supplied.

Young fighter: Daniel Flaxman (left) alongside fellow Boxfitt Gym fighters Mitchell Bartolo and Tyrell Adams, after their tournament in Canberra on April 6. Picture: Supplied.

Flaxman is currently in year nine at Hawkesbury High School.

He fights out of Boxfitt Gym in South Windsor, where he is trained by Mark Hardman and Trevor Crowley.

Flaxman began training at Boxfitt upon its opening in 2016 and started his boxing career with an exhibition bout on the undercard of Joel Brunker's title fight at Windsor Function Centre in February this year.

His current record stands at 2 - 3, with one of his wins coming by way of TKO. All of his losses have been by close points decision.

He took home a silver medal while fighting in a boxing tournament in Canberra on Saturday, April 6, the local youngster unlucky to lose a close fight to the hometown fighter by way of decision.

Since opening its doors, Boxfitt Gym has supported some solid young boxers who have entered the sport, including Mitchell Bartolo and Tyrell Adams.

Flaxman's current boxing hero is another Hawkesbury local, Daniel Lewis, who fought for Australia in the 2016 Olympics.

Lewis made his pro-boxing debut in May of this year in Melbourne, where he scored a second round knockout win against Thailand's Sanong Seepongsert.

Flaxman is finding inspirational and motivation to win from anything he can, including finding Queensland boxers to be among his fighting heroes.

Despite being a Queenslander, former Australian boxing world champion, Jeff Horn, is also providing Flaxman with inspiration to be the beat the best.

"I can't wait to get to Queensland and prove myself," said Flaxman.

"I want to help bring the Esme Smith State of Origin Cup home.

"It would be great to have New South Wales win the league and boxing titles in the same week."

The Esme Smith State of Origin Boxing Tournament will feature 17 amateur bouts pitting some of the best fighters from both NSW and Queensland against each other.

The tournament takes place in Queensland.

Flaxman will fight against Cassidy Thornberry on Saturday, July 13 at Rumours International, Toowoomba.

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