Little Miss Dynamite at boxing
By HELEN JACK
TWO years older, two divisions bigger ... doesn't matter. Just means she is twice as likely to hit the canvas harder.
These will be the thoughts of Goonellabah boxer Jessica Williams when she takes on Paris Law, of Caboolture, at the Broncos Leagues Club on Sunday.
At only 14 years old, Jessica's reputation as a tough competitor has preceeded her, scaring off potential opponents at the last two boxing tournaments she has attended, leaving her without a bout.
But as Queensland champion in the 48kg cadet division for females, Jessica is facing one tough battle when she squares off with Paris, who is two years older than her and also two weight divisions heavier.
Jessica's dad, Jason Williams, is confident his daughter is ready.
"She has prepared well and is training really hard," he said.
"When the fight was confirmed she picked up her training and she is looking sharp.
"If she wins this she will become the Australian Indigenous Female Champion overall and win a belt."
Mr Williams said she would then be available to contest the Queensland titles for the overall Australian Female Champion on the Gold Coast in December.
Accompanying Jessica is her brother, Timacoy, who is training at the Australian Institute of Sport under a scholarship in Canberra. He hopes to one day represent Australia in boxing.
Timacoy, 15, is the Australian Golden Gloves Champion in the 54kg cadet devision.
Mr Williams said Timacoy is trialling to represent Australia at the World Cadet Championships in Russia in August.
"If selected he will compete with boxers from around the world," he said.
"Timacoy will also compete at the Broncos Leagues Club in the 54 kilo weight division.
"He is missing home but he is excited at the same time. "We talk to him every night."
Mr Williams said Timacoy was identified as a boxer with potential through the AIS's national talent development program as an indigenous athlete.
Alstonville's Northside boxer, Robert Coorey, will also fight at the Broncos Leagues Club with Jessica and Timacoy.