TOOWOOMBA’S JAMIE HILT IS CHASING HOMETOWN GLORY when he lines up in the Super8 at Rumours International on November 25 on the TGW & SMITHY BRINGS THE BIG FIGHTS 18 card.
Rumours International is a familiar venue for Hilt, fighting in the Garden City venue in seven of his nine career bouts. In those seven bouts he’s only been beaten once and that was at the hands of Rivan Cesaire for the Australian title earlier in the year.
Hilt is one of three locally based fighters in the Super8 hoping to keep the title on home soil.
“This is a great event and I’m thrilled to be a part of it,” Hilt said.
“The opportunity to take on some of the names in this draw is exciting.
“I love fighting in Toowoomba and I’m looking forward to this one.
“Anyone can win it, hopefully it can by myself.
“I believe the concept suits my style and hopefully the experience I’ve gained in the last few years will give me an edge.”
Hilt has one huge factor in his favour – ring activity. While a few of the competitors in the Super8 are coming off lay offs that’s not the case for Hilt.
He’s fought twice already this year, one of those a points loss to the highly regarded Rivan Cesaire for the Australian title. He also boasts a Queensland title victory late last year.
“I definitely come into this with a strong base of fitness both from training camps and fights,” Hilt said.
“In saying that this is a totally different style, I’m coming back from ten rounders and eight rounders to three rounders.
“This is a sprint, but I believe that suits me.
“These fights are going to be hard and fast and no feeling out period so hopefully that ring activity will be a key factor.
“I’ve also got a great team around me with trainer Craig Monagle and also countless rounds sparring with Kris George.
“Kris is World class and a pressure fighter so all the work I’ve done with him in sparring will be a big help on the night as well.”
The 8 confirmed competitors are
Jack Asis – former IBO World Champion.
Jamie Hilt – Queensland Welterweight champion
Michael Katsidis – Former two time World champion
Mick Shaw – Former Australian Champion
Ya Jie Ding – Chinese rising star
Luke Woods – Commonwelth Games amateur, 3-0 as a pro
Robert Toomey – Former IBO Oceania Champion
Jason Kanofski – Former Queensland Champion
“When you look at the names in the draw – every fight is going to be a tough fight,” Hilt said.
“Every fighter has won titles and every fighter thinks they can win it.
“That’s the beauty of an event like this – anyone can win on the night.”