Victor Nagbe is a multiple world kickboxing champion.
Now the Liberian-born Ballarat athlete wants to be a world boxing champion.
Nagbe is preparing to make his debut as a lightweight under the Marquess of Queensberry rules in Melbourne next month.
The 25-year-old is in training to take on Warrnambool’s Jyl Wright on the “Wildfighter” card at The Timber Yard in Port Melbourne – a fight night being promoted by former super featherweight titleholder Will Tomlinson.
This will be first event run under the “Wildfighter” banner at what is a new venue.
Wright has had three bouts for two wins, and a draw with veteran kickboxer Nick Themelakis in his latest outing.
Nagbe, who has won three world titles in kickboxing and Muay Thai, said he been building to his boxing debut for two years.
He said it had been difficult to get an opponent and he was grateful to have been able to get a bout at “Wildfighter.”
Nagbe said he was serious about his move to boxing.
“I want a world belt.”
First steps first though.
Nagbe said he wanted to secure an Australian title by the end of the year. “That’s the aim.”
He has no plans to give up kickboxing though after being in the sport for eight years and building up a strong international reputation.
“I’m looking for another challenge...another belt.”
Nagbe’s preparation comes at a busy time for him.
He is opening his own gym, “Victory Stars Fitness”, in Humphrey Street South on Sunday.
“It’s an exciting venture.
“I’ll be specialising in boxing and weights.”
Nagbe said he had lived in Ballarat for two years and it was well and truly home for him now.