Also on the card is a highly anticipated rematch between the current Victorian Super Featherweight Champion Sam Williams (4-1-2) and the former champ Shaun Thomas (2-3) for the vacant Australian Super Featherweight Title, and a junior middleweight state title bout between Samuel Colomban (23-8) and Ben Capps (13-3-2).
In an exclusive interview with Jayde Mitchell, he was able to answer some questions on his training camp for his upcoming fight, what it means for him to fight an Aussie veteran in Nader Hamdan.
This is what I want to do, and I’m going to do it properly. People are definitely going to see the improvement in my performance. I love the fact that Nader is of the same mindset that I am. We’re professional fighters, there’s no emotion in it. At the end of the day we’re in there to compete and to win, there’s no quit in either of us. It’s very surreal for me; I’m a massive boxing fan, and a big fan of Nader. I remember when I was younger competing in the amateurs I’d watch Nader’s fights as a pro and just watching what a beast he was, it’s surreal to think that I’ll be fighting him as the champion, defending my title against this legend.”
If you are successful in getting past Nader on Friday, there will surely be some potentially big fights on the horizon. With the super middleweight division seen as the richest in the country, Is there anyone in the division you'd like to have a crack at, or have a potential rematch with?
“Of course Ryan (Breese), I’d love to fight him again. It’s a fight we thought we won on the night, and even Ryan thought I won on the night- his words not mine. Thing is it’s subjective- judging a fight is very subjective. Everyone has their own opinion; it was such a good fight and such a closely contested fight. It’d be a shame if it didn’t happen again. At the end of the day I’m just glad to be thought of as one of Australia’s top super middleweights.”
In the main event, Zac ‘Dynamo’ Dunn looks to continue his unbeaten streak with a victory over Argentinean Carlos Adan Jerez. A veteran of the sport, Jerez has competed against the likes of Anthony Mundine, Saul Alvarez and Lucas Matthysse In recent years he has moved up in weight; after debuting in 2000 as a welterweight. Dunn is coming off a demolition of fellow Australian Les Sherrington (35-9), winning via TKO in the 3rd round.
Victorian Shaun Thomas will likely be rearing to get in the ring; after losing a close decision to his opponent Sam Williams in his last fight. With the fight garnering much attention, the rematch is now for the Australian Super Featherweight Title. In the lead up to Friday’s fights, Thomas had the following to say:
“My fight preparation has been on point; and with the guidance and support of Steve Stenborg and our team at North Melbourne Boxing Gym I am ready for the task at hand. Mentally and physically we have a job to do; I’m here for a good time, not a long time!”
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