No easybeat for Scott Sattler
MONTHS of preparation is put to the test when Scott Sattler steps in to the prize ring for the first time at the Gold Coast Convention Centre on Saturday night.
Sattler, 38, best remembered for “that” tackle in the 2003 NRL Grand Final, hasn’t chosen an easybeat for his first fight.
Australian number 17 ranked professional heavyweight Anthony “Chook” Fowler (a former Australian schoolboys rugby league rep himself) has a considerable weight (20kg) and height (three inches) advantage as well as three fights – for two wins – under his belt.
“Satts” has done 57 rounds of sparring for the bout and has cut no corners in his gym work. Both are good mates, having been graded together at the Tweed Seagulls as teenagers but come fight time their friendship is put on hold.
From what I’ve seen, the good-looking Sattler is no pretty boy and would have thrived playing and fighting in his father’s era. He is very old-school in his approach and has not shirked any of the hard stuff.
Fellow footballers Adrian Vowles and Matt Ross have been training alongside Sattler at the Tweed Stingrays for the past nine weeks and take part in charity bouts on the undercard.
Vowles, 39, a 1994 Origin rep for Queensland, takes on former Kiwi captain and the inaugural Newcastle Knights captain Sam Stewart.
Vowles, the 1999 Super League Man Of Steel Award winner for most outstanding player in British Rugby League and Castleford Tigers Hall Of Fame member who hails from Cunnamulla, has been an absolute pleasure to work with. Ross, 31, who played for Cronulla, Wynnum and Tweed, has a tough bout against 22-year-old Bodene Thompson. I watched Bodene spar two weeks ago and he looks almost as good as Anthony Mundine did at that time of his career. That said, Matt has a solid enough right hand and has been working hard on his game plan.
In the main event on Saturday night, Gold Coaster Les Sherrington, rated nine in the world, defends his PABA and WBA 76.2 kg super middleweight titles against war horse Nader Hamden.
Sydney’s Hamden has faced some of the world’s best, including Mundine, Arthur Abraham, Sam Soliman and Mads Larsen, never gives less than 100 per cent and sees this as the fight that gets him back into the world top 10.
The chief support pits WBO No.14 heavyweight Alex Leapai against capable American Darnell Wilson who fought for the WBA cruiserweight title in 2008.
Also on the professional side of the card is former amateur standout Rohan Murdoch. The charity bouts will include former basketball star Shane Heal, footballer Scott Prince and the AFL’s Spida Everett and Jacob Gough.