How could they just ruin my dreams? Coast boxer floored

GUTTED: Coast boxer Brad Hore.
GUTTED: Coast boxer Brad Hore. Warren Lynam

BOXING: The Coast's own dual Olympian, former Commonwealth Games rep and ex-professional boxer Brad Hore says he's been robbed of a chance to make history.

Having flown down to Sydney's Punchbowl for the Australian Titles at the start of the month, Hore said he'd bandaged his hands and was warming up for his first fight - which had been delayed - when he was given the shattering news.

The New South Wales Government's Combat Sports Authority told him he was ineligible to fight, as their rules didn't allow professionals to re-enter the amateur ranks.

The ruling ended Hore's dream of making his third Commonwealth Games and securing an elusive medal at next year's Gold Coast event.

After weeks of gruelling training he won the Queensland State Titles, earning a shot at the Nationals, which if he'd won, would've pitched him into the Commonwealth Games team.

"I don't know how they just do that and ruin someone's dream,” Hore said.

He said the international boxing rules had been changed to allow professionals to re-enter the amateur ranks, which opened the door for his fairytale return.

"I don't know how they overrule an international rule,” the 36-year-old father-to-be said.

"It stopped me from creating history (making three Commonwealth Games teams) really and probably a Commonwealth Games medal. That's what we were focused on.

"I can tell you right now, I would have won it and that's no disrespect to the other boxers. Sitting there, watching the fights, I should have a ticket to the Commonwealth Games.”

Hore said the decision was a devastating blow.

"I've done a lot for my sport and to be treated like that's a real kick in the guts,” he said.

He said he was considering legal action to challenge the decision, and make clarification to ensure it didn't happen to another fighter in the future.

Hore thanked Boxing Queensland for its support during the incident.

He said he would focus on work and family but wouldn't close the book on his boxing career just yet.

A Combat Sports Authority spokeswoman said once Hore had turned professional he couldn't fight as an amateur, and any rules made through sports administration bodies in New South Wales couldn't contravene the act.

Topics:  boxing commonwealth games community olympic games sport sunshine coast

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