Sport

Family battles motivate Brit boxer ahead of state title bout

TITLE TIME: Adopted Toowoomba boxer Darren Askew.
TITLE TIME: Adopted Toowoomba boxer Darren Askew. Dave Noonan

HE IS on the other side of the world, but family is providing Englishman Darren Askew with motivation for his Queensland junior welterweight title fight on Friday.

Askew relocated to Toowoomba from the Old Dart last year and will fight Mark Ramirez for a state title in front of his adopted home-town crowd at Rumours International.

The 28-year-old has recorded two wins under the tutelage of trainer-manager Brendon Smith to take his professional record to eight wins, six losses and a draw, and thinks he is better prepared for a shot at a title than he was in his previous attempts.

"I've boxed for a few titles before back home in the UK but I was always the challenger taking the fight on short notice," he said. "This time it's different.

"I've had 12 weeks to prepare for this fight. I'm fit and I'm more determined than ever before.

"Both my father and grandfather were champion boxers back home and I'm really looking to replicate their feats out here in Australia."

His father is also providing motivation on a different front.

Askew said his father is facing a battle with cancer, which is something his mother has also had to deal with.

"My mum is in remission for breast cancer and my dad has recently been diagnosed with prostate cancer and underwent surgery ... so he is really on his first steps to recovery," the British boxer said.

"When I enter the ring to fight I come out to You'll Never Walk Alone, which is of course the famous song that the Liverpool Football Club are renowned for, but it really has a deep meaning for me being out here in Australia alone in my fights as well as my parents' constant battles with cancer.

"My trunks also support the Breast Cancer Foundation logo and colours as well as the prostate cancer ones."

Askew plans on returning to England to see his parents and hopes to have a Queensland title belt to show them.

"I'm heading back in three weeks after my fight to see my family and I hope to take that belt back with me," he said.

Askew's fight is one of five title fights on the Smithy Brings the Big Fights 5 card at Rumours International.


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Driver assaulted, threatened with knife before being robbed

Thieves stole wallet and laptop computer from motorist

Who says there are no killers in the river?

No Caption

Bull sharks plentiful in popular swimming locations

Woman's $400 fine for late night 'white trash' street row

court generic

Teen's job keeps her out of trouble, court hears

Local Partners

Driver assaulted, threatened with knife before being robbed

Thieves stole wallet and laptop computer from motorist

Who says there are no killers in the river?

No Caption

Bull sharks plentiful in popular swimming locations

Woman's $400 fine for late night 'white trash' street row

court generic

Teen's job keeps her out of trouble, court hears

Four taken to hospital after crash near school

Queensland Ambulance Service on scene of an accident.  Photo Brenda Strong / The Observer

Four females injured in two vehicle crash

Struggle Street caught filming despite protest

NOT WELCOME: Paul Pisasale and Annastacia Palaszczuk have said they don't want Struggle Street filming in Ipswich or Brisbane.

Controversial documentary reportedly shot footage at Centrelink

Ipswich pensioner wins $260,000 on scratchie

BIG WIN: A woman purchased a ticket at a Goodna newsagency and is now $260K richer.

Found out while waiting in the doctor's surgery

Firm told to apologise, pay back $16K to Korean backpackers

Boonah Packing Pty Ltd supplied labour to one of Australia's leading carrot producers, Scott Moffat & Co, trading as Moffatt Fresh Produce who supply carrots to major supermarket chains like Woolworths and Aldi.

Boonah business caught ripping off foreign workers

OPINION: God Save America from Trump

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally, Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016, in Abingdon, Va. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

How can America ever vote for Donald Trump as president?

Classic car auction draws buyers from US, Dubai

"He wants everyone to enjoy the cars, the collection got too big'

The Dixie Chicks to headline 2017 CMC Rocks festival

US country music group The Dixie Chicks.

ORGANISERS move festival dates to lock in US country music stars.

What's on the big screen this week

Denzel Washington in a scene from the movie The Magnificent Seven.

DENZEL Washington returns in a shoot-em-up Western.

RECAP: The Bachelorette S2E3 - Which picnic date is better?

The Bachelorette Georgia Love, centre, with her top 11 bachelors.

Lee and Matt get some one-on-one time with Georgia.

Homer Simpson thanks Australia during Opera House visit

Homer Simpson visits the Sydney Opera House.

ANIMATION favourite gets attacked by seagulls in viral video.

Channel 9 orders second season of Doctor Doctor

Rodger Corser stars in the TV series Doctor Doctor.

RURAL medical drama finds a loyal following.

MOVIE REVIEW: Storks delivers family fun

A scene from the movie Storks.

ANIMATION can be hit or miss but when it hits, it hits hard.

$40million hotel, shops development project for Mackay

Mt Pleasant hotel and retirement accommodation, proposed at 194-202 Malcomson St.

$40m development to take Mackay to 'the next level'

Five ways to slash household bills and save the environment

THINK GREEN: Considering the environment when building or buying your next home can save you big dollars. The Village Building Company, who is responsible for Woodlinks Village at Collingwood Park, builds homes with this front of mind.

THERE is nothing as sweet as slashing dollars from your bills.

Property 200m from ocean selling for just over $100K

BEACHCOMBER PARK: Work has started on a new $19.2 million development at Toogoom.

The estate's developer is offering huge discounts for early buyers.

UPDATE: Former rodeo champ's sale rained out, now back on

Larkhill local Ken Consiglio is having an auction of most of the things on his property.

'People kept showing up and we had to turn them away'

First stages of $25 million housing development underway

New development on Madsen Rd - The Springs.

The blocks of land are much bigger than usual

Couple build their own 'tiny house' for $45k

Holly Bowen and Oli Bucher built their "tiny house" themselves, only hiring a plumber and an electrician. Photo/supplied

The house, which is built on a trailer and can be towed.