With both boys well-known for having bombs in both hands; with Alderton maintaining 5 KO’s from his 6 victories, and Clark a perfect 10 KO’s for 10 victories, it looks unlikely that the scheduled 8 rounds will go the distance. The two will compete for the vacant Victorian Light-Heavyweight Title; with the winner looking to make a jump up the ratings and make some noise in the division. This will be Mitchell Clark's second bout as a light-heavyweight; after competing his whole career as a super middleweight. His first bout at the new weight was impressive to say the least; with Clark travelling to his hometown of Perth, knocking out his opponent within 48 seconds of the very first round. In an interview with Mitch, he believes that moving up in weight was a good idea; stated the following-
"I'm a natural light heavyweight. I was really struggling to push myself to super middleweight, but coming up a weight level was a smart move. My body is feeling really strong and fit at my new weight."
In Clint Alderton, Mitchell Clark finds possibly his hardest and most dangerous test to date; with Clint possessing some serious one-punch KO power. Although the general consensus is that the fight will end via stoppage, both boys are adamant that they are not looking for the KO.
Clint Alderton: “With Mitch we will just be doing our jobs in there and if the KO comes then good, if it doesn't then I'm OK with that too. I need to win this fight- I have been in the boxing scene a long time and I need to win this belt.”
Mitchell Clark: "Everyone knows that Clint and I love a good scrap, but we are smart boxers, all boxers love to win by KO but not all fights go that way. I've got to be smart coming into this fight making sure my boxing is 100% and being on my toes. We'll take the fight one round at a time and go from there."
Highlight video previewing the clash between Clint Alderton and Mitchell Clark
In his last outing, the defending champion Cameron Eyes went up against tough kickboxer Brent Dames. With an awkward, erratic style that had him continually pressing and coming forward, Eyes seemingly struggled in the early stages of the fight to keep up with the pace of Dames; who was relentless in his pursuit. Dames would go on to knock Eyes down at the end of the first round, which made it hard for the champion to mount a comeback; due to it only being a 4 round fight. Cam would go on to lose to Dames via a SD.
Cameron Eyes: "Fighting at Hisense Arena is an experience I'll never forget and something I want to do many more times over. Being two points down after the first round I knew I had to press hard to get the win; unfortunately narrowly missing out. That fight has highlighted some key factors I needed to work on in the gym so that I keep on progressing and developing as a fighter."
When discussing his upcoming opponent, Eyes stated the following:
"Wallace definitely has the upper hand when it comes to ring experience- having plenty of rounds under his belt fighting good quality opponents. His stoppage win in the dying seconds of the fight over Shadey shows that I'll have to remain focused 100% of the time. Having 8 rounds will give me enough time to box and move in the earlier rounds until I settle into a groove. From there I'll start to pick apart his weaknesses and finish on a strong note."
Highlight video previewing the clash between Cameron Eyes and Andrew Wallace
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