12- month wait for challenger is over
QUEENSLAND p r o f e s - s i o n a l h e a v y w e i g h t titleholder Mick King returns to the boxing arena tonight after 12 months waiting for a challenger to his belt.
The big-hitting Townsville fighter will clash wi t h Br i s b a n e h e a v y - weight Shane Tilyard in the headline bout of tonight’s March to Victory event at the Greek Community Hall.
King has fought Tilyard once in his undefeated professional career, i n 2009, and floored the Brisbane contender 30 seconds into the third round.
History could be r epeated tonight if Tilyard doesn’t bring his best form into the fray.
‘‘ Mick’s got a heavy hit, it’s one of those things that you’re in deep crap if you get in the road of it,’’ fight promoter Peter Heilbronn said.
‘‘ We’re not calling it a warm-up fight, it’s a stepping stone for Mick because there’s pressure on h i m f o r o w n i n g t h e Queensland heavyweight title.
‘‘ There’s people down south that want him to relinquish it but no one’s challenging him.’’
King has spent about 12 weeks training for his long-awaited return to action and his preparations have included studying video footage of his opponent.
‘‘... Just watching for his bad habits,’’ King said.
‘‘ I’ll just have to play him smart and wear him down, when I see the finish I’ll let it go.’’
King versus Tilyard will be the last bout on an a c t i o n-p a c ked 1 8 - e v e nt card that includes mixed martial arts ( MMA), kickboxing and amateur boxing fixtures.
T h e P a l m I s l a n d c o n t i n g e n t u n d e r t h e coaching of Ray Dennis will also feature.
‘‘ They’ve got some unbelievable fighters coming through and one in particular is Patrick Clarke, if he doesn’t win gold at t h e C o m m o n w e a l t h Games I’ll chew my hat,’’ said Heilbronn, who is promoting March to Victory with fellow organiser Clarry Dilger.
‘‘ These kids will be fighting for Commonwealth g o l d i n t h e n e x t t wo years.’’