A boxing Blizzard hits Beerwah

By Kirra Livingstone

A COLD front has hit Beerwah with up and coming fighter Tyler Blizzard settling into the area with Hinterland Boxing to grow his professional boxing career.

Blizzard began boxing in Tasmania with his father when he was 10 after growing tired of playing football and quickly fell in love with the sweet science.

“I love the competitiveness of boxing, I love what the sport brings to kids and what it brings to my life in general,” he said.

“I’m a competitive person so I love the feeling, it’s just me in there and all my feelings and emotions come out when I’m in the ring.”

However, he had to pump the brakes due to sustaining ligament damage in his right hand during a sparring session as an amateur boxer.

But once he decided to come back to the sport, he came back fighting as a professional boxer, and has since won all four of his professional bouts since his debut in 2022 against Daniel Harwood.

“It was a tough transition, six months ago I was training in Sydney, but then I found the team at Hinterland Boxing Club and I haven’t looked back, they are like a close-knit family,” he said.

“After a year of being in Sydney and boxing professionally I just wasn’t enjoying Sydney so I made the move back to Tasmania and then I got into contact with Steve (Pitt) on the Sunshine Coast.”

Tyler is now preparing for his fifth professional bout.

“It’s been a tough 12-week training camp, I’m excited it’s a big fight put on by Tasman fighters, I started training with Steve nine weeks ago and still have three weeks to go,” Tyler explained.

“It’s been a long three months, there’s been a lot of running, swimming, a lot of sparring, a lot of travelling, and I’ve just been sticking to the plan that Steve gives us.

“Steve always comes with a plan and with that plan I can give 100% of myself, he knows what it takes to get his athletes to a high level and have a 100% faith of winning.”

The 25 year old is looking forward to his next fight on July 15 at the Fortitude Valley Music Hall on the same card as fellow boxer Dana Coolwell, and is determined to stay in the winning circle.

“My opponent Shamal Ram Anuj is a bit of a cagey southpaw so we’ve been doing a fair bit of southpaw work, he’s got good power and I’ve been working to debate that,” he said.

“Come fight night there will be some unbelievable fireworks in the ring.”