After withdrawing with injury from a bout earlier in the year for the IBF Pan Pacific belt, Breese, one of the top Australian super middleweight prospects has long been in the running for a chance at a second regional strap. His first, a WBA Asia Super Middleweight Title, was won over fellow Victorian (then undefeated) Jayde Mitchell in what was a fight of the year performance by both fighters.
In an exclusive interview with Australian Boxing Central Breese spoke on his preparation for his upcoming title fight, his long-standing troubles with injury, and potential opponents for the future.
Upon reviewing the preparation he has made in the lead-up to the clash with Singh, Breese had the following to say-
Breese: "I wouldn't say it's been all that different to previous training camps, we've always prepared really well! Obviously with Tej being a tough pressure style southpaw we've had plenty southpaw sparring and adapted to that side of things. The back has been 100%- my girlfriends brother Dayne is an osteopath, I've been seeing him every week to make sure everything is working how it's supposed to be....it has made a huge difference in being able to train hard every session!"
ABC: A victory here would put you on-track to becoming one of the countries top super middleweights. Your clash with Jayde Mitchell at Malvern Town Hall last year was touted as the fight of the year by many. If you are victorious in your next bout do you see a rematch with Mitchell taking place in the future?
Breese: I was waiting for the Jayde Mitchell question haha, yeah I think that fight is something that will happen again. It hasn't really been discussed too heavily from our end yet, I leave all those decisions up to Dad (trainer Rick Breese), Mike (Altamura) & Jake (Ellis).
His opponent, Tej Singh, is coming off a draw against veteran and former IBF Australasian Super Middleweight titleholder Karis Kariuki in June. Travelling to Perth last June, Singh took on the current Australian middleweight champion Wes Capper (16-2), and won a decision victory over the Perth native in his hometown. Tej- who has a tough style of constantly pushing the tempo of the fight has been looking sharp in training in preparation for the November 11th bout.
Speaking on his training camp, and how he has been preparing for his upcoming bout Singh believes that "the training for this camp has been the same- although we have brought on some new techniques and have been working on them."
When asked on what he believes Breese will offer stylistically he stated the following
Singh: I don't know really- as fighting is always different from sparring. I know (Ryan) is a bit awkward and has a different fight style than me, but that's boxing and I guess it's the same for him as well."
Promoter and matchmaker Jake Ellis of Team Ellis Boxing Promotions commented on the magnitude of the fight; and what opportunities may arise for the winner.
Ellis: I would love to see the winner fight one of the very best in the country- as I truly believe both Tej and Ryan are already among the top and are more than ready for these types of fights. A fight against Jayde Mitchell would certainly be a local bash that would get the public jumping out of their skin. The Aussie champ Faris Chevalier, or even the number 1 in Renold Quinlan would be suitable opposition for both boys.
Ellis believes that the clash will be action packed, stating that "Both fighters are very confident and understand what this title means for their careers, and thus are leaving no stone un-turned. Both boys have a style of coming forward, and a high work rate. Expect lots of punching, rough housing and blood come fight night!"
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