STEVE Moxon is enjoying a move into boxing after a dominant kickboxing career.
The current world middleweight champion has already amassed a 5-0 professional boxing record, and plans to add another win when he faces off against undefeated Australian middleweight champion Dennis Hogan.
The two will fight over 12 rounds at Grand Star Receptions in Altona North on July 6.
Should Moxon win, he will break into the top-15 in the world rankings.
“This is a huge opportunity, this guy has a 19-0 professional record and nearly 100 amateur fights,” Moxon said.
“He’s the number one boxer in the country – I’ve put the challenge out there and they’ve come to play ball, so I’ve got to win. He’s tough, but I just think that I’m tougher.
“If I win this fight it will open up doors in America.”
Moxon plans to continue his kickboxing career and alternate between the two sports.
Originally from Miners Rest, Moxon trains in Geelong after recently moving from Ballarat’s Barbarian Muay Thai Gym.
The 26-year-old spent last Thursday training Ballarat’s newest batch of boxing talent.
He held a training session with 14 of Brawl Boxing’s understudies at Body Connect Gym.
Professional boxing instructor Clinton Vermaak, who established Brawl in 2008, said Moxon’s presence gave eight of his students much-needed experience in their
preparation for upcoming amateur bouts.
“We’re trying to really make a dent in boxing from Ballarat’s point of view,” Vermaak said.
“I’m trying to get the best people into the boxers to get the best out of them.
“You can never learn enough from the sport - that’s why you’ve got to learn from the best.”
Vermaak said his charges would undertake further sessions with newly crowned International Boxing Federation middleweight world champion Sam Soliman, as well as former IBF super featherweight champion Barry Michael in the coming months.