Tank's fists to fly in TV bout
TAKING part in your second professional fight has to be nerve-racking enough but add to that the pressure of appearing live on FOX Sports and the ring must suddenly feel like a pretty scary place.
But Warwick boxer Kyle ‘The Tank’ Teer shrugs his shoulders and says he’s pretty excited about the fight.
Stopping by the Daily News office just before one of his 7km training runs with seasoned Warwick boxer Chris Fox, 24-year-old Teer has been training long and hard for this moment.
With around 50 amateur fights under his belt, “this fella knows his way around a boxing ring”, Fox said.
The six-round welterweight fight is scheduled for June 3 at the Greek Club in Brisbane.
It’s just the second time Teer has stepped into a professional fight, but his first attempt was no mean initiation, losing only to points in the March fight at Mansfield to a boxer who had won four out of four.
This time he takes on Steve Wijangco, a fighter Teer has beaten twice in amateur bouts.
But he’s under no illusions: It will be a tough fight.
“I just want to put on a good show,” Teer said.
“I’m pretty excited about it.”
He’s in good hands with Fox, who is no stranger to the small screen.
“I’ve fought in TV fights before,” Fox said.
“As soon as he gets into the ring and walks around, he’ll get the feel for it.
“You have to block it out but you have to realise the cameras are there and keep your cool.
“But he’s pretty keen and he’s a tough fellow.”
In other fighting news, three amateur boxers from Warwick met with mixed success in a tournament held in Roma on the weekend.
First local to box was Paul Parry, who fought Gladstone boxer Kavana Vaotuna.
Both junior pugilists weighed in at 32kg and Parry won a unanimous decision, out-boxing and out-punching his courageous opponent.
Next to box was Britanee Wallace, a 14-year-old female from Warwick, who fought Kadeesha Challis, from Island Sands. Unfortunately for Britanee, she was stopped in round one because of a bloody nose.
Shane Parry lost in a split decision in an over-weight contest against Lachlan Hinchcliffe of Rockhampton in a bout, which drew a standing ovation from the crowd, both boxers showed skill and punching power.
Both boxers have challenged each other to a return bout and, as Shane Parry is state middle-weight champion and Hinchcliffe is former state and Australian champ, an exciting return bout seems assured.
Teer will take on Wijangco on June 3 at the Greek Club in Brisbane. The bout will be screened on FOX Sports.