Ballarat fighter and World Champion Steve Moxon is preparing to head to Chicago as the first Australian invited to fight on the GLORY card during Heavyweight World Championship Tournament.
“I’m really keen to get out and prove that I’ve got what it takes to win on a world stage,” said Moxon.
Having lost by points at a GLORY event before, the local fighter and current WKF Middleweight World Champion said he was “hoping for a knockout”.
At just 160cm he is the second smallest fighter in his weight division in the world, meaning he will have to come in fast and strong against his opponent – 183cm Reece McAllister from the United Kingdom.
“With this kind of guy I will have to get in and make him hurt early. Get in close and try to knock him out,” said Moxon.
Local trainer Dave Ashmore from Barbarian Muy Thai Gym said the kickboxer had a “natural strength and ability and an amazing dedication and drive”.
“For his 70 kilogram weight he has the best knock out power in his division, potentially in the world.
“I have no doubt he will do his country proud and bring home a win,” he said.
Coming off the back of a big win against world class opponent Yuri Bessmertny at the Eureka Stadium recently, “Stone Cold” Moxon said he was feeling prepared and “full of confidence”.
“Mental preparation is 90 per cent. Being in front of thousands of people on the world stage, you have to focus and not be intimidated,” he said.
GLORY kickboxing events are televised internationally and only the best international fighters are invited to participate.
The event will be held on October 12.