Fox back in the ring for Kani
CHRIS Fox was hesitant about taking a fight on the Michael Katsidis under card tomorrow until he was offered another match-up with Israel Kani.
After winning half his 110 fights as an amateur, Fox turned professional and has one win, two draws and five losses in the paid ranks.
He retired more times than he can recall but reckons he “owes” Kani, a former Australian super-middleweight champion from Noosa.
“I thought I was finished then the promoter rang up and I said no. They then threw Israel at me and I agreed.”
Fox, 35, is two years younger than Kani and the pair fought twice as amateurs.
They were the main bout at one Theatre of Thunder Tournament at Kings in Warwick when Fox had his eye closed at the beginning of the second round.
“I couldn’t see what was coming and Pop (trainer/grandfather Sel Brackin) stopped it at the end of the third,” Fox said.
He is prepared for this fight and has made four trips to Toowoomba for spars with Brett Peters, who is also on the Katsidis under card.
Fox gives away 14kg to Peters. “Israel is hard to hit as he has an awkward style,” Fox said.
Their fight is the first at the Gold Coast Convention Centre tomorrow night.
As he approaches today’s weigh-in at Jupiters, Fox has to lose 1.5kg, which isn’t a big deal for the hardened boxer. “I won’t eat on Friday before the 6pm weigh-in and then put it back on the next day,” he said.
In 118 fights, Fox reckons his worst injury was when Kani closed his eye in the amateurs. He has never been knocked out but was put down for the count in his first professional fight, which was stopped by the referee soon after the fight resumed.
Fox is self-trained but will have Nick McConville in his corner this weekend for the four-round fight.