IT’S THE TRIED AND TESTED VS THE EMERGING PROSPECT, EXPERIENCE VS POTENTIAL, the man who’s only been stopped once vs the knock out artist, the man on the comeback trail vs the rising star climbing the ranks.
It’s Jamie Hilt vs Ashley Huston for the ANBF Australasian super lightweight title on the TGW & Smithy Bring the Big Fights 23 card on July 13.
Hilt is a former Queensland champion, Australian title challenger, Regional title challenger and a super 8 runner up. Ashley Huston has made an ominous start to his pro career – three fights, three wins, three knock outs – all in the opening round.
“I’m returning to the ring to achieve my unfinished goal in Australian boxing,” James Hilt said.
“If Ashley is the man standing in front of me so let it be.
“He has a good record with three knock outs and I believe it will be a tough fight, however I take no easy fights.
“If Ashley is coming for the knock out that will be in my favour, I hope he’s ready for eight tough rounds.
“I’m very thankful to all my supporters over the years and I look forward to showing everyone why I’m back.”
Ashley Huston added: “I’m really excited to fight Jamie Hilt for the Australasian title.”
“He is a very tough and handy boxer with size and experience on his side and I can’t wait to come up to Toowoomba and challenge him.
“That’s what I love about this sport, I’m the challenger, I’m the under dog, but I promise you I’m coming to fight and I’m coming to win.
“I reckon I’ll even leave Toowoomba with a few extra fans that night.
“Jamie will no doubt be my toughest challenge to date and I know what it takes to win.
“I’ve only had three fights for three first round knock outs and I know Jamie is a different kettle of fish and that’s what I love about this fight.
“A massive thanks to Brendon Smith and his promotional team for giving me this opportunity, I’m truly coming to win this fight and I will win this fight.”
The Hilt vs Huston show down also presents a sense of deju vu for the corner men Chris McCullen and Craig Monagle.
The last time McCullen brought an undefeated fighter to the garden city with a similar knock out ratio was Ozan Craddock in 2014.
History shows Craddock was sensationally knocked out by the Craig Monagle trained Kris George in a bout that announced to Australia that George was destined for bigger things.
Will history repeat?
“Ashley is trained by Chris McCullen so I know he will be well schooled,” Craig Monagle said.
“They don’t call Jamie the ‘hard man’ for no reason so if they think they’re going to KO him good luck with that.
“Jamie will be the fittest you have ever seen him and he has experience on his side having fought two ten round title fights and an eight round title bout in his career to date.
“Good luck to both men.”
The Hilt vs Huston fight is one of two huge fights already announced for the July 13 TGW & Smihy Bring the Big Fights 23 card.
“Jamie Hilt vs Ash Huston is a main event fight in tiself,” Promoter Brendon Smith said.
“Both camps believe they will win the fight for different reasons so it makes for an intriguing match up.
“Jamie is a real fan favourite in the Garden City and Ash has a big supporter base in Brisbane so i expect the fight to create a great atmosphere for both men.”
Tickets are on sale from Smithy’s TGW Gym.