Pres­i­dent Rea­gan out to rule world

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - SPORT - ALEXAN­DRA BERNARD @bernard_lexie

GOLD Coast boxer Rea­gan Des­saix is one step closer to his child­hood dream of be­com­ing a world cham­pion.

The 22-year-old known in the ring as “The Pres­i­dent” has moved to No.13 in WBA world rank­ings af­ter he took out the Ocea­nia light heavy­weight ti­tle at Box­ing Ma­nia 4 held at Tweed Heads last month.

Des­saix beat Steve Lovett, a 33-year-old who had won 17

of his pre­vi­ous 20 bouts in­clud­ing eight in the US.

“It was by far my big­gest vic­tory as a pro­fes­sional to date,” Des­saix said.

“I was lost for words af­ter the fight be­cause I had trained and pre­pared the best I have ever for a fight.

“All the hard work more than paid off with that re­sult, es­pe­cially be­ing so early in the con­test against a sea­soned vet­eran.”

Win­ning the fight launched Des­saix into the top 15 rank­ings for the first time and

he is look­ing for­ward to his next chal­lenge.

“I’m only opt­ing to fight the best in Aus­tralia and the world from here on in,” he said.

“I’m up for any chal­lenges that may come my way on the path of pur­su­ing my child­hood dream of be­com­ing a world cham­pion one day soon.”

Coaster Benji Dim­itrioski also com­peted at Box­ing Ma­nia 4 and came away with the state ti­tle af­ter beat­ing Aswin Cabuy via a TKO.

“My goal was to make a state­ment and take an­other step to­wards get­ting my hands on that Aus­tralian ti­tle,” Dim­itrioski said.

He will fight again tonight at South­port Sharks against Joe Liga in the light heavy­weight divi­sion.

Liga is also com­ing off a TKO win in July and this will be Dim­itrioski’s fifth fight of the year which now places him in 10th in the Aus­tralian Na­tional Box­ing Fed­er­a­tion.

He is also the NSW cruis­er­weight ti­tle­holder.

Pic­tures: CAP­TURE PHO­TOG­RA­PHY, BYRON BAY

Rea­gan “The Pres­i­dent” Des­saix lands one on the chin of ex­pe­ri­enced boxer Steve Lovett.

Rea­gan Des­saix with his WBA Ocea­nia cham­pi­onship belt.

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