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Boxing champ who hated punching

CHANGE OF HEART: Chloe Halley has won her second straight national title.
CHANGE OF HEART: Chloe Halley has won her second straight national title. Picasa

BOXING: Newly crowned two-time Australian boxing champion Chloe Halley remembers being "forced” to watch her older sisters box.

The 16-year-old told the Caboolture News of years spent hating the sport before she fell in love with it and became a force to be reckoned with.

"I couldn't stand boxing. I never watched their fights for the first three years,” she said.

"I found punching really boring.

"I think I got forced to watch one of their fights and I liked it from there. I got into the ring and just started to like it more and more.”

Last month she won her second national title when she won the 57kg title and later this year will represent Australia for the second time when she tours the United Kingdom.

Halley said she hoped to take her game to the next level on her way to a Commonwealth or Olympic Games berth.

"When I first started I told Mum 'I'm not stopping until I get an Australian tracksuit'. I've got one now, so I changed it to 'okay, I'm not stopping until I go to the Commonwealth Games',” she said.

"I'm expecting to learn a lot more stuff and to experience what it's like in other countries.

"I like challenging myself; I find it thrilling and exciting.”

Halley's sisters both won golden gloves, state titles and national title between them, but are now retired at the tender ages of 19 and 20.

While following in her sisters' footsteps, she hopes to continue her career beyond that.

Halley's mum Luana said she had something the other sisters never had.

"She's self-motivated,” Luana said. "I had to push the other two, but this one is motivated to get up in the morning to go and run and train on her own.”

Luana was a kick-boxer in her heyday.


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