Championship boxing returns to Townsville at the weekend, as local Josh King (17-3, 8KOs) looks to defend his WBO Oriental title and in the process pick up the Asia Pacific strap, when he faces Argentinean Xavier Castillo (11-3, 3KOs) at the Aitkenvale PCYC.
Last time King took to the ring at the Aitkenvale PCYC the roof was almost blown off the venue, as he produced a shutout victory over Japan’s Koichi Ito in an action packed, crowd pleasing battle back in June.
King and his team are expecting another fast paced fight with Castillo, who is looking to upset the local on his first venture fighting out of Argentina.
“Xavier is a good strong boxer, coming from a good stable out of Argentina,” King’s trainer and manager Joe Pennisi said.
“He is also a bit taller than Josh, but we have had the best preparation ever and covered all bases.”
King spent time in Brisbane in his lead up, getting the chance to spar with world rated Light Middleweight Dennis Hogan and former Olympian Todd Kidd.
It has however been work with the other Townsville fighters which Pennisi, also promoter of the event, describes has been unbelievable.
“It’s a nursery up here. The talent pool is so strong at the moment and we are lucky enough that we can work together as a community and help each other out, which is only going to see development.” Pennisi explains.
The undercard will see locals Jordan Gee Hoy, Kolby Johnston, Chris Khan and Travis Barton all in action.
Gee Hoy, coming off an impressive TKO victory in June, takes on Brisbane based New Zealander Matt Te Paa in a 6 round Light Middleweight bout.
Rising star Kolby Johnston takes on Luke Akauola, also contested over 6 rounds at Light Middleweight. While Chris Khan and Travis Barton do battle in a much anticipated Super Middleweight matchup.
Doors open at 6:30pm Saturday night with fights beginning at 7pm.