Fighting words before pro debut
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.’’
Training mates: Will Quarrie and Shane Cameron have been sparring partners in the leadup to the Super 8 Fight Night.