Rising Aussie star Cameron Hammond is promising to dust off the cobwebs with an explosive performance when he returns to the ring next month.
The 2012 Olympian has had some time off due to injury, but is raring to go again and is looking to stamp his mark on the welterweight division.
He will make the second defence of his WBA Ocenia title against Sydney-based Fijian Jess Ravudi at the Sands Tavern in Maroochydore, Queensland on May 23, and victory should help him move further up the world sanctioning body’s rankings.
“I can’t wait to get back in the ring and show people what I can do,” Hammond said. “Six months is a long time in boxing, but the lay-off has served me well. I had 11 fights in less than two years, which was great, but I’m fresh and ready now.
“Ravudi is a good, tough fighter who is capable of causing an upset. He won’t get one against me, though. I’m ready for anything he’s got.
“My last two fights have been ten rounders and I’m fit and strong enough to go that distance again if needed, but I will be looking for KO if the chance comes.
“My promoter, Ricky Hatton, has brought me on at the right pace and I think after a few more of these kinds of fights, we’ll be ready to start looking at the really big match-ups.”
Hammond’s manager, Matt Clark, said: “Cameron is getting used to the longer distances now and I’m looking forward to this bout.
“Ravudi is a tough, confident fighter in his own right and he’s determined to take Cameron’s WBA Oceania title.”
He added: “I’d like to thank Ricky for his help with this co-promotion. We intend on raising some money for the Cancer Council and you won’t find a more worth-while cause than that. It’s going to be a great night of domestic boxing.
“The main event is former two-time Olympian Brad Hore, who is a Sunshine Coast local, facing Afrizal “TNT” Tamboresi. This will be supported by former European middleweight champion Kerry “The Great” Hope. Kerry has recently relocated to Brisbane from Wales and this will be his first bout in Australia. He’s facing Jamed Jalarante of Indonesia over eight rounds.”
The bill on May 23 is a co-promotion between Xcite Fight Promotions and Hatton Promotions. Tickets are priced at $40 (general), $60 (ringside) and $150 (VIP ringside). Bookings: 0411 393 534 or firstname.lastname@example.org.