Grange High Performance boxers prepare for national titles

Summer Olympics, Tokyo, 2020.

That's the goal for Macarthur boxers Taylah Gentzen and Troy McNamara.

The pair, who train out of the Grange High Performance studio in Smeaton Grange, are on their way to the national titles in June after winning their respective NSW open state titles earlier this year.

Gentzen and McNamara will be joined by fellow Grange High Performance fighters Travis Druce (of Macquarie Links) and Ruby Tyler (of Panania) as they compete under local trainer and NSW team coach Anthony Redward in the titles next month, which also serve as world championship trials.

The boxers are training six days a week, sometimes twice a day, to ensure they're in peak condition ahead of the national titles.

Ruby Tyler

Ruby Tyler

"The nationals are the pathway to the world games and from there it's on to bigger things, like the Olympics," Smeaton Grange resident Gentzen said.

"It pretty much means everything."

McNamara, of Camden, said it would be a "massive" achievement to represent Australia at the Olympics.

"It's all about the challenge, that's why we're training. If you keep doing the same thing, you're not going to get better," the 22-year-old said.

"If I make it to the 2020 games, I'd probably end up going pro - that's the goal."

Gentzen, 28, has taken the discipline she has picked up in her nine years of boxing to her day job in the army.

She was previously stationed in Townsville in an infantry role, but now works with the Sydney University Regiment - a reserve squad - at Holsworthy.

Travis Druce

Travis Druce

"They support me doing what I need to fight, to train in the morning and train in the afternoon," she said.

"The boxing helped with the discipline of the army.

"I took that strong mindset into the defence force. That's what got me through it. They sort of go hand in hand."

Gentzen said she had fighting "in her blood" as she grew up watching her uncle in the ring.

Both she and McNamara admitted to feeling some nerves ahead of their upcoming titles.

"There's always nerves - if you're not nervous, there's something wrong with you. If it means something to you, as it does to both of us, then there's something to be nervous about," Gentzen said.

McNamara agreed.

"Nerves give you that extra spark, the extra fuel."

The boxers will compete from June 20 to 24.