12- month wait for chal­lenger is over

Townsville Bulletin - - Sport - by Michael Thompson thompson. m@ townsville­bul­letin. com. au

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.’’

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