The 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games are on at the Bahamas this July and we’ve got many young Aussie boxers working towards getting there to represent Australia. One of them is Jason Whateley, former Olympian and legendary boxer in the making!
We hear you won your first fight by knockout and after that you were addicted! Tell us how that felt as a newcomer…
It was great – it doesn’t get any better than that! I played footy before that, so being able to jump in and fight and not get into trouble, I was thinking, “how good is this!” So I gave away the football and got into boxing. You need a bit of mongrel in you to some extent to be good fighter.
You competed at the 2016 Olympics. Do you have any plans to make it to make it to Tokyo in 2020?
I’m just going to see how I go and take it one step at a time. It’s my goal to do well at the World Championships in Germany to move on to the Commonwealth Games and get a gold medal on home soil. That’d be a dream come true.
What’s your most memorable win in boxing?
That would be in China last year when I was qualifying for the Olympics. I’ll never forget how I felt when I won, it was out of this world!
How do you feel stepping into the ring, about to knock someone out?
I think you have to have some nerves, it’d be weird if you didn’t. But you put so much effort into training, doing up to 15 sessions per week, so you don’t want to let you or team down. So I get nervous but also pumped up and ready to go.
Any crazy injuries?
I’ve fractured my thumb in three spots, created a hold in one of my knuckles, broke my elbow and broke my nose twice. I’ve lost count of the black eyes- it’s been hundreds.
What’s your training schedule like?
We do up to 15 sessions a week when we’re at camp. We do a running session in the morning, midday strength and conditioning or agility sessions, followed by boxing sessions later in the day. As for diet, being a heavyweight I don’t have to watch my weight too much, so there’s not crazy diet regime.
What’s your favourite move?
I love hitting with right hand and making them go down – it always feels good.
What: 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games
When: 19 July to 23 July
Where: Nassau, Bahamas