Pugilists primed for Tweed battle
BOXING will be back with a bang at Coolangatta Tweed Heads Golf Club on July 9.
The perennial home of Tweed's biggest bouts, Banora promoter Jamie Myer has lined up some absolute bell-ringers.
As a treat for loyal locals, the Tweed's highest ranked professionals, crowd-pleasers Casey Hannan (2-1-1, 2KO) and Trevor Jacky (3-0, 2KO), are set to take centre ring.
There they will be joined by a host of the region's finest up-and-coming amateurs, including Josh “Pretty Boy” Togo and Richard “Red Hot” Burns in the undercard bouts to the Ryan Langham-Jack Asis headliner.
For “Cabarita Cyclone” Hannan, 21, his welterweight match-up with 31-year-old southpaw George Livaditis (5-5-1) will be his first trip back inside the ropes since suffering a devastating knockout at the hands of 33-year-old journeyman Alex Ahtong.
Touted as the next big thing in pre-fight commentary, Hannan dominated the opening stages of the bout before going in for the kill midway through the second round, only to be caught by two looping lefts that sent him straight to the canvas, not to get back up before the count.
“I'm definitely smarting from the Alex loss,” Hannan said.
“I got knocked off the horse and now it's time to get back on.
“Many people have asked if I'm weary of getting back in the ring, but far from it. This is what I love doing and I want to make it to the top.
“I've seen George fight and he is a pretty experienced, a tall guy with some good combos, but I'm confident of getting back in the winner's circle.”
In the weeks following his first professional loss, Hannan left the Tweed Stingrays and long-time trainer Tony Nobbs to team up with WBF and PABA super middleweight titles holder Les “Lock and Load” Sherrington under the tuition of Dan McGrail at KO Fitness in Miami.
“It's a whole new ball game,” Hannan said.
“It's just Les and I there so all the attention is on us.
“I'm learning to box a bit more as opposed to brawling and relying on my speed and strength to get the result.
“Sparring constantly with someone of Les' calibre, too, has been unbelievable. I've learned so much from them both.”
Jacky, 30, will trade blows with 24-year-old Terry Lambert (4-8-1) at super middleweight.