Fight­ing words be­fore pro de­but

Auckland City Harbour News - - SPORT - By BEN ROGERS

With less than a week’s no­tice, Orakei boxer Will ‘‘ The Rock’’ Quar­rie will fight on the un­der­card of the Su­per 8 Fight Night to­mor­row.

The 28-year-old is set to fight Wil­lis Meehan, son of Kali Meehan who will take on Shane Cameron in the main event.

Quar­rie, who is also Cameron’s spar­ring part­ner, says he is more than ready to face Meehan in his pro­fes­sional de­but.

‘‘When I first heard Wil­lis was go­ing to fight I asked for the fight but the spot was al­ready filled,’’ he says.

Meehan’s orig­i­nal op­po­nent could no longer com­pete so Quar­rie took to so­cial me­dia and even gate­crashed a train­ing ses­sion to push for his in­clu­sion.

‘‘I went down to Box­ing Al­ley where I knew he was train­ing and I called him out.’’

‘‘I’m Shane’s spar­ring part­ner, he’s Kali’s, it’s per­fect.’’

Quar­rie is an ex­pe­ri­enced pro­fes­sional with five wins and two losses to his credit and he’s just come off a fight four weeks ago.

‘‘I’ve been spar­ring since my last fight and I’m ready, I like to stay fit, it keeps me sane.

‘‘I’ve sparred with David Tua, Joseph Parker, Brian Minto, I’ll get in the ring with any­one.’’

Meehan is the Aus­tralian Su­per Heavy­weight Am­a­teur Champ, who made his NRL de­but for the Syd­ney Roosters this year and was named in the Na­tional Youth Cham­pi­onship team of the year.

‘‘I’m con­fi­dent, I’ve been well pre­pared spar­ring with dad and Alex Lea­pai, so what­ever Quar­rie has to of­fer I’m just ready man,’’ Meehan says.

‘‘I’m not some­one who looks for easy fights, box­ing is about chal­leng­ing your­self and beat­ing an ex­pe­ri­enced pro like him is a real state­ment of my in­ten­tion in the pro­fes­sional ranks.’’

Size is on Meehan’s side but Quar­rie has no qualms about fac­ing up to the 1.95m, 120kg teenager.

‘‘I’ve never been knocked out and I’ve been hit by David Tua, hit by Joseph Parker, I’ll fight any­one,’’ Quar­rie says.

He is al­ready look­ing to the fu­ture and hopes to step into the ring with in­fa­mous web brawler Kimbo Slice who is now a pro­fes­sional boxer.

He is also con­sid­er­ing hav­ing a crack at the na­tional ti­tle.

‘‘That’s a long-term goal,’’ Quar­rie says.

‘‘Joseph Parker holds the New Zealand ti­tle and I wouldn’t say no to giv­ing that a shot.’’

Photo: BEN ROGERS

Train­ing mates: Will Quar­rie and Shane Cameron have been spar­ring part­ners in the leadup to the Su­per 8 Fight Night.

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