Trained out of the Laverton Boxing Club, in Melbourne’s western suburbs, Buttigieg is led by head trainer Sammy De Moor. Narrowly missing out on making the Australian Olympic Boxing squad, he opted to turn professional quicker and has enjoyed great success by doing so- with a perfect 9-0 record. Buttigieg trains alongside a stable of seasoned professional and amateur boxers; including Lucas Miller- who is also competing on the undercard of Mundine/Hatley, against Shane Tuck. The nephew of Gary Ablett Sr, and the son of record-holding 426 game career AFL player Michael Tuck, Shane is making his boxing debut against Lucas Miller.
Said to be his biggest test of his career so far, Buttigieg states that he “knows Samuel is going to be fit, ready and his toughest opponent yet”. However, this doesn’t detract from Buttigieg firmly believing to come out on top against the tricky Cameroonian.
In preparation for his upcoming bout, Buttigieg has sparred a range of established Australian fighters; including Michael Zerafa, who is coming off 5 hard-fought rounds against former WBO Middleweight Champion Peter Quillin, and Dwight Ritchie, who also looks to prepare for an upcoming bout; when he takes on Ryan Waters in Sydney to defend his Australian Middleweight Title. The experience in sparring bigger fighters is at an advantage to Buttigieg; due to the 4 inch height advantage Colomban has to utilise.
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