At only 14 years of age Brodi Halliwell is no stranger to success in the boxing ring. This has many in his circle of peers wondering if he could be the next Jeff Horne who just happens to be the young man’s hero. At the recent ABL Australian Boxing Titles held in Hobart Brodi came away with the gold medal in the 48kg class. According to Brodi’s proud father, Ian Halliwell, it has been a bit of a rough journey this year for his son.
“Brodi had to compete in Rockhampton at the State Titles seven weeks after breaking his collarbone playing club footy for the Warrigals,” said Ian. His father says it is a testimony to his fitness level, ability and mental toughness that he was able to do so well at the Australian titles. Brodi’s boxing long-time coach Ty Gilchrest was equally impressed with his protege’s performance. “I have been training Brodi for around 6 years and have seen him do very well at state and national titles winning gold and silver for his weight category,” said Ty.
“There is an old saying ‘Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard’ and Brodi is the personification of that saying. He works extremely hard and is an absolute pleasure to train. He certainly has what it takes to go to the highest level in the sport.” And what does Brodi have to say for himself? Well like his hero Jeff Horne he is a quiet achiever who lets his result in the ring speak for itself.