Hervey Bay boxer to fight at Hong Kong
BOXING: He hasn't stepped into the ring for a competitive fight since Boxing at the Beach House in June but that will not affect Hervey Bay fighter Zac Lovekin's confidence when he returns to the sport.
Lovekin, who trains out of Hervey Bay PCYC under coach Rodd Hanns, is in Hong Kong for the fifth Hong Kong City Cup International Boxing Tournament. He will the fight in the 60kg elite division, and could take on boxers from China, Taipei, Singapore, Taiwan and other Asian countries at the three-day event.
"It will be a good, harsh stoush for him, that's for sure,” Hanns told the Chronicle.
"He has had a couple of fights during the year but he hasn't been very dedicated so fighting outside his weight limit, not being as focused and fit as he should be, but in the lead-up to this tournament he has really turned a corner and really committed himself.
"He's really trained hard, he's watched his weight and come down to his normal fighting division. He's looking sharp and fit and moving well.”
The 20-year-old, who left Hervey Bay on Saturday and could fight today, is not short on confidence.
Concerns about whether or not he would make weight were allayed after an intense 10-week training regime, which included morning sprints and afternoon sparring sessions, and a strict focus on the scales during the Christmas-New Year break has Lovekin ready to go.
He has dropped 8kg for the tournament, for which he said he was excited.
"There will be some hard fights over there,” he said.
This will be the first time Lovekin fights in Hong King, but it isn't his first visit to South East Asia for boxing.
"At Thailand, I went over there for a four-day training camp then the King's Cup,” Lovekin said before his last training session at Hervey Bay.
"I'm pretty sure it's pretty cold (at Hong Kong) at the moment so that will be okay.”
Lovekin couldn't say much about his opponents - he will find out who he faces when he arrives - but this will mark one of the biggest tournaments in his nine years in boxing.
He said his fitness would give him the edge at the event, and the right-handed orthodox boxer was confident he would win at Hong Kong - the perfect preparation for the state and national titles later this year. The preliminary rounds and semi-final are at Wan Chai's Southorn Stadium today, with finals tomorrow.