Gladiators Ready for War

king v itoFighters have made weight and are ready to do battle on Saturday night, as part of the Gladiators boxing event at Townsville’s Aitkenvale PCYC.

Spearheaded by WBO Oriental Lightweight champion Josh King, as he looks to make the first defence of his title against hard hitting Japanese opponent Koichi Ito.

All of Ito’s victories except one have come via stoppage and he proves a dangerous adversary for the local product.

“He’s coming here to try and KO me and take this awesome WBO Oriental title. But I’m too fit, strong and smart to let this Japanese guy take my title,” King told me earlier this week.

The semi main event sees Townsville favourite Les Sherrington return home to take on Kazuyuki Fukuyama in an eight round Middleweight bout.

Sherrington is looking to rebound from his most previous outing, a loss in December to now IBF Middleweight world champion Sam Soliman.

A bout that other fighters avoided like the plague, Sherrington took on Soliman and says he learnt from the experience. “I’m back with a vengeance,” he stated.

After a three and a half year absence, Jordan Gee Hoy will make a long awaited return to the ring when he takes on Mark Dalby over four rounds at Light Middleweight.

Formerly based in Melbourne, Gee Hoy has returned home and under the tutelage of Gonzo Hooper will perform in front of his home crowd for only the second time of his professional career.

Just two weeks after making his debut, Kolby Johnston will take to the ring again. After scoring an impressive and devastating 1st round KO on the Flanagan v Ammann undercard, Johnston will step back in the squared circle, this time against 64 fight veteran Aswin Cabuy.

Cabuy has fought some of the country’s best fighters from Welterweight right up to Super Middleweight and proves to be a good test for the impressive young Johnston.

Also on the card is Lloyd Bagley who makes his professional debut. Bagley is a long time amateur who has tested some of the best North Queensland products over the years and many believe his move into the paid ranks is long overdue.

He takes on Jonathan Taylor in a four round Super Middleweight bout.

Doors open at 5pm, with tickets available at the door.

Live streaming for the event will also be available for purchase at: http://fightwebshop.com/livestream/goldenlionpromotions-7th-june-2014

 

 

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