Yass’s mononymous boxing personality, Spider, has been busy in recent months as he builds towards a crack at a Pan-Pacific and Australian title in November.
The boxing veteran was last in action in a one-off fight against long-time rival Mark Kleynjan, which he won via decision. It was a particularly meaningful victory for Spider, as he lost his first two fights against Kleynjan.
This was preceded by a Queensland title, and a King of the Ring title in Sydney, both of which he won.
All in all, it’s been a pretty good couple of months for Spider. But he will face his biggest challenges this November, when he competes at the Pan-Pacific Masters Games at the Gold Coast.
The amateur boxing events will take place from November 7 to November 10, and will feature a number of the country’s best senior boxers facing off.
“The Pan-Pacs also doubles as the Australian title,” Spider said.
“So if I win my division, I’ll become the Pan-Pacific champ as well as the Australian champ.”
The veteran is back into his training regime, following a brief period of rest that his body demanded following his hectic fight schedule over the last few months.
Once he reaches the Gold Coast, Spider is confident that his conditioning and versatility will be enough to give him a good shot.
“I can be fairly aggressive if I need to, and my hands are fairly good, and my fitness is usually pretty good, so I’ll just keep doing what I’m doing,” he said.
“There’s no point fixing something that ain’t broke.”
Spider will go into the Pan-Pacific games in top form. However, he knows that there are no guarantees in a sport in which the course of a match can be changed with one punch, particularly against high-quality opponents.
“I think there’s gonna be some fairly decent guys there,” Spider said.
“It’ll be very hard for me to come away victorious, but I’m more than prepared to try.”
The first challenge that Spider will have to overcome on the road to the Pan-Pacific games is funding. He estimates that it will cost roughly $1500, and is currently searching for funding. Interested parties can contact him on 0466 995 867.
He also thanked SRTE Scaffolding and Rigging for their support throughout the Queensland title.