Super Welterweight Champion boxer Dylan Biggs is about to take on his toughest fight yet and Beaudesert locals are being urged to show their support.
Dylan, who has been training at Beaudesert Boxing Club since he was ten years old, will take on Nikita Tszyu at Newcastle Entertainment Centre, nicknamed ‘Tszyucastle’, on 22 November to retain his Super Welterweight Championship belt.
Dylan’s supporters are asking businesses and residents to decorate in red and blue to show support for the Champion Boxer.
“He will be stepping in to Tszyucastle where there is huge support for Nikita Tszyu – we want him to know he has the support of his own home town,” said Shinade Harper of Teaspoons and Aprons.
Shinade has created the ‘Team Biggs Knockout Burger’ and three dollars from the sale of each burger goes to Defenders of Hope charity, at Dylan’s request.
She will be dressing up the cafe with Dylan’s colours between 19 and 26 November and, together with Dylan’s mother Kelley Herbert, they would love to see the whole town do the same.
“Let’s paint the town red and blue (to match Dylan’s boots) to show our support for Dylan,” said Kelley.
“If you have a shopfront anywhere in town can you please decorate it in red and blue to show Team Biggs and the rest of Australia our support.”
“I know it would mean a lot to Dylan and Justin (Dylan’s trainer, Justin O’Leary),” said Kelley.
Dylan has often spoken about his love for Beaudesert, and credits the Beaudesert Boxing Club for setting him on the right path.
“It’s a home away from home. I spent a lot of time here growing up, especially in my teenage years,” he said in a recent podcast with Ben Damon.
He also spoke about how important the support of local people has been for him.
“The support’s been unreal and I just embrace everything I get.”
“It is not a very big community in Beaudesert but it is very close knit and everyone backs the sporting athletes coming up.”