22 October, 2016, 12:00 am
IT will be a case of the upcoming star taking on the veteran when Sebastian Singh fights Daniel Maxwell in the main 10×3 minute bout of the King of the Ring Promotion program at Prince Charles Park in Nadi today.
Singh aged 22 years weighed in at 69.1 kilograms while the 39-year-old Maxwell tipped the scale at 71.2kg for the clash.
Singh, who started his professional boxing career in 2013, has a record of 8 bouts with 6 wins and 2 losses.
According to boxrec.com, Maxwell turned pro in 2011 and has fought many times but does not have a distinguished record.
To date he has fought 47 bouts, earning only six wins, 39 losses and 2 draws.
He won the New Zealand Professional Boxing Association super welterweight title in February last year and successfully defended it against Blake Bell two months later.
Maxwell goes into the bout having recorded five straight losses this year. He classed Singh as a fast and scientific boxer.
“I am looking forward to the fight,” Maxwell said.
“It will be a good ten round bout,” he said.
“I have been boxing for 13 years and haven’t stopped training. My opponent is fast and scientific which is what I expect in a professional boxer. He is a southpaw so it will be awkward.”
Singh gets into the ring after a loss to Haithem Laamouz in Austalia in July.
The Suva-based boxer said he would use his youth and home crowd support to his advantage.
“I have been preparing for the past eight weeks and my opponents have changed twice,” Singh said.
“I am a down in weight and my opponent is a bit heavier. But one or two kilos in boxing do not matter much.
“I am representing the nation. When people come from abroad we should show our hospitality and the tag given as the friendly nation.”
This is Singh’s first fight as the main drawcard. Singh said his opponent would be tough with all his experience.
“Daniel will be no joke,” he said.
“He fought some of the best boxers in the region like Gunnar Jackson who was not able to knock him out. The thing I get from that is he is tough, he is here on business and not a holiday.
“For me I will go there and give my 100 per cent on the night.
“He is way more experienced than me. The only factor which is favouring me is my youth and I am at home.
“I must use those factors and perform to the best of my ability. It is boxing and one punch can change things. Boxing is an unpredictable sport. I have prepared myself for ten rounds.
“This is the first time that I am fighting in the main bout. It is at a very young age and I pray that there is many more to come.”
The program will start at 5pm.