Geelong's Clint Alderton and "Big Country" Mitch Clark now look to rematch what was a fight of the year performance by both fighters on Team Ellis' March 25th card. In their last encounter eight rounds of grueling, back-and-forth action had the crowd on the edge of their seats, as the two battled for the scheduled distance- with Alderton coming out the winner via one point.
In an exclusive interview with Australian Boxing Central, we caught up with both Clint Alderton and Mitch Clark to talk about their upcoming clash- and see how both fighters are feeling in the lead-up to Saturday night's highly anticipated rematch.
Clark: "Training for this fight couldn't go any better than it has. It's all falling into place and I'm well and truly ready for a 12 round battle. It's a cracking opportunity to get to fight for this title- and it'll be a huge win for my career."
Alderton: "Yeah, training has been hard as we're having to prepare for 12 rounds. Fighting for the IBF Pan-Pacific Title is massive! When I started my boxing career all I wanted to do was win the Victorian Title. Now I've done that, anything that comes after is a bonus."
Speaking on their first fight, "Big Country" Mitch Clark had the following to say-
"My performance wasn't up to scratch. My fitness was there, but I needed to get my mindset right for that fight. Ever since that fight I been working towards this rematch making sure I'm 110% ready. I'll be taking each round as a fight but anything can happen when the bell sounds for the first round."
Alderton: "I did a few things wrong in the first fight and hopefully in this fight I can fix that. A win here would mean everything- I'd love to take the title back to Geelong and have my first defense there!"
Joining the likes of heavy-hitters Alderton and Clark is former Richmond player and AFL star Shane Tuck (1-1). Since turning professional in late 2015 Tuck has had two pro fights, and is looking to add another victory to his resume when he steps into the ring on March 25th.
His trainer, Rod Davis, spoke on how Shane has been looking in the lead-up to Saturday's fights, his last fight against Ivan Kolar on the undercard of Anthony Mundine vs Danny Green 2, and how he has transitioned from footy to boxing.
Davis: "Yeah he's been looking good. Really good. Hell of a lot better than his training camp for his last fight. He's fit, sharp and boxing well. You can see the improvement with every fight big time."
"I think the major difference between footy and boxing is that he's still trying to come to terms that there being no staff there running around doing stuff for you like there is in footy. He used to struggle with that a little bit but I think he's starting to get better at that. When he first came to me he always needed someone to do this or do that but I see a definite improvement on that."
Speaking on Tuck's last fight- a UD victory over South Australian Ivan Kolar on the undercard of Danny Green vs Anthony Mundine 2, Davis had the following to say-
"It's the first time this has ever happened to me but because I've got a disability and the way the stage was set up I couldn't get up there to do the corner. I did the corner on the speaker phone with Matty (Read). Modern technology huh!? He had a bit of a monkey on his back with the first fight, but he settled in all right. As I explain to him all the time, it's the fight game mate- anything can happen. You've gotta be ready. Now he's got that out of him he just did his last 6 rounds sparring with Antonio Caruso (2-0-1) and looks more than ready."
To watch Clint Alderton and Mitch Clark slug it out over 12 rounds, and Tucky have his third professional fight, you can stream the action live at www.liveboxing.com.au!
All articles featured on the Australian Boxing Central website are written by Tai Tuiniua, and all interviews are conducted by Mark Franklin, unless stated otherwise.