Power Stower or The Machine Bond? Toowoomba’s Joel Stower and Dalby’s Michael Bond will square off in a 3x3min heavyweight bout on Smithy Brings the Big fights 9 on March 14 at Rumours International.
It’s the master vs the apprentice! Bond is the legal practitioner and director of Bond & Co Lawyers at Dalby. Stower is in the final year of his bachelor of laws degree at USQ. Both men also compliment their work/studies with sport. Bond competes in triathlons and has boxed as an amateur. Stower is a former soccer junior who has now turned his hand to professional boxing with one fight for one knock out win under his belt.
“I’m really excited about this bout,” Joel Stower said.
“In many ways Michael Bond is living my dream – he runs a legal practice and is now boxing professionally.
“That’s what I want to do in life.
Stower plans on using the March 14 bout as another learning experience.
“I have a lot to learn in boxing, but everyday I feel like I’m improving.
“I have the best trainer in the World in Brendon Smith and I’m content to be like a sponge and take in as much as I can.
“I feel I’m a lot better fighter from my debut against Rick Schubert.
“Michael Bond is another big challenge for me, I respect his ability but I also have faith in my own skills so hopefully that’s enough to earn me victory on March 14.
Michael Bond is trained at the Dalby PCYC by Terry Heir and after a number of amateur bouts is looking forward to making his pro debut.
He also competes in triathlons. He recently took part in the Hell of the West triathlon in Goondiwindi last month.
“Turning professional is always something I have wanted to do and this gives me the perfect opportunity to do so,” Michael Bond said.
The bout is more than a personal challenge to Bond. He’s doing it for Dennis Nolan and Stephen Pentti (pictured below) who are both currently suffering from cancer.
“My trainer Terry and I will be donating the fight purse equally between both men but also I want to use this bout to raise awareness of their cause,” Bond said.
Fight promoter Brendon Smith has also offered to assist with the fundraising for both men on the night of the fight show.
“I’m really passionate about boxers being great ambassadors for the community,” Brendon Smith said.
“At Smithy’s Gym we place a great emphasis on our fighters being champions in and out of the ring.
“Michael Bond is a great ambassador for Dalby and boxing so we’re are only to happy to assist in anyway we can.
“On the night we will send around the buckets so the community can assist the cause.
“This will be a great fight, Joel is ever improving and Michael Bond is in a good camp with Terry Heir so I know he’ll be ready.
You can also donate to the two families by contacting Terry Heir at the Dalby PCYC.