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‘Adrenalin addicted’ boxers going to the TszyuPhotos, Videos

Posted by on 20/11/2018

BIG TIME: Alanah Mullaly and Garth Scriber with trainer Tony Abbott (centre) at his Barefoot Boxing gym in Wagga this week. Both boxers have fights on the Tim Tszyu undercard in Sydney on Saturday night.
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A pair of Wagga boxers are shaping up for the night of their young sporting lives on Saturday, with bouts on the undercard of a highly anticipated fight nightin Sydney.

Alanah Mullaly and Garth Scriber will both climb into the ring at the SCG in front of a bumper crowd waiting to see Tim Tszyu –the son of Australian boxing royalty, Kostya –make his professional debut in the feature event.

While Tim Tszyu is turning professional after 33 amateur fights (for 32 wins), the Wagga boxers are still raw enough to wonder exactly what it is that makes them do it.

“I don’t know! It’s hard to explain,” Mullaly says.

Alanah works with trainer Tony Abbott“It’s a weird sport, you have a lot of ups and downs. But the ups are really good. When you get inthe ring, thehype,it’s so nerve-wracking but it’s exciting at the same time, the adrenalin.”

Mullaly, who will fight at 58kg, has been training for a year-and-a-half, and fighting for the last six months. Her exhibition bout at the SCG will be her fifth time in the ring and she admits that women’s boxing still draws a mixed reaction.

‘Adrenalin addicted’ boxers going to the Tszyu | Photos, Videos Garth Scriber and Alanah Mullaly train at Barefoot Boxing gym in Wagga.

Garth Scriber and Alanah Mullaly train at Barefoot Boxing gym in Wagga.

Garth Scriber and Alanah Mullaly train at Barefoot Boxing gym in Wagga.

Garth Scriber and Alanah Mullaly train at Barefoot Boxing gym in Wagga.

Garth Scriber and Alanah Mullaly train at Barefoot Boxing gym in Wagga.

Garth Scriber and Alanah Mullaly train at Barefoot Boxing gym in Wagga.

Garth Scriber and Alanah Mullaly train at Barefoot Boxing gym in Wagga.

Garth Scriber and Alanah Mullaly train at Barefoot Boxing gym in Wagga.

Garth Scriber and Alanah Mullaly train at Barefoot Boxing gym in Wagga.

Garth Scriber and Alanah Mullaly train at Barefoot Boxing gym in Wagga.

Garth Scriber and Alanah Mullaly train at Barefoot Boxing gym in Wagga.

Garth Scriber and Alanah Mullaly train at Barefoot Boxing gym in Wagga.

Garth Scriber and Alanah Mullaly train at Barefoot Boxing gym in Wagga.

Garth Scriber and Alanah Mullaly train at Barefoot Boxing gym in Wagga.

Garth Scriber and Alanah Mullaly train at Barefoot Boxing gym in Wagga.

Garth Scriber and Alanah Mullaly train at Barefoot Boxing gym in Wagga.

Garth Scriber and Alanah Mullaly train at Barefoot Boxing gym in Wagga.

Garth Scriber and Alanah Mullaly train at Barefoot Boxing gym in Wagga.

Alanah Mullaly and Garth Scriber with trainer Tony Abbott.

Owen Leach, left, and Alanah Mullaly warm up with some shadow boxing.

Tony Abbott, back, surveys the scene at Barefoot Boxing

Alanah, Tony and Garth

Barefoot Boxing gym

Garth at Barefoot Boxing

All smiles for a trip to Sydney

Trainer Tony Abbott watches Garth go through the motions.

Tim Tszyu with his dad Kostya after a 2003 victory over Jesse James Leija. Picture: Getty Images

Tim Tszyu with his dad Kostya after a 2003 victory over Jesse James Leija. Picture: Getty Images

TweetFacebookGarth and Alana in trainingThat’s a big tick for trainer Tony Abbott, who runs the Barefoot Boxing gym in Wagga with wife Nikki. But the buzz right now is the SCG trip with Mullaly and Scriber.

“It’s a good show to be on, it’s $85 a ticket,” Abbott said.

“There are two professional fights and 10 amateur fights.”

Garth Scriber at Barefoot Boxing.

One of those involves Scriber, whohas had just five fights, and is hoping to square his record followingtwo wins and three losses.

“Tony’s been training me for three years now, it’s been a long road since then,” Scriber said.

“You’re out of your comfort zone –ever since my first experience in the ring I don’t know why I keep going back to it but I suppose it’s an addictive feeling.”

Garth with Tony at Barefoot BoxingThe 30-year old, who’ll fight at 64kg, packs a deceptively powerful right hand.

“Lately, Tony’s been doing a fair bit of pad-work just working on my long-range punches and angles and stuff like that,” he said.

Alanah works through the punches with GarthThe Barefoot Boxing crew had hoped to have a third boxer on the Tszyu undercard but an administrative mix-up cost Matt Budde his opportunity when he was left with too little time to submit blood tests to the Combat Sports Authority.

“It’s a bit of a bummer,” Budde said.“I’m just going to help the other guys prepare as well as they can.”

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