A prestigious title on the international boxing scene, both George and Hammond will have a lot to gain from securing the Commonwealth Title on Friday night. In recent years, the title has been held by the likes of top competitors on the world stage- such as Frankie Gavin, Leonard Bundu and Sam Eggington- with both Gavin and Bundu going on to compete for world titles after winning the belt.
Ahead of his test against the highly skilled Cameron Hammond, Toowoomba local Kris George spoke with Australian Boxing Central on the upcoming bout- and what it means for him to compete for the title.
George: "It’s an unbelievable opportunity. It’s such a prestigious title that fighters usually only ever dream of. To do it at home is really special. I want to thank Brendon Smith for all that he has done, and I’d also like to thank all of Cameron’s team for accepting, and being so easy to deal with. It’s all worked out really good."
You’re fighting an opponent whose skill set and pedigree differs from previous opponents. Has this training camp been a little different to previous camps, and how has your preparation been?
George: "Yeah it has. Fitness, strength and conditioning has been pretty similar. But obviously a different game plan, and different strategies that are tailored to how I think I need to fight this opponent. It’s not often you get a longer reach and a longer opponent."
What would it mean to you to win a belt as prestigious as the Commonwealth Welterweight title, and what would a win like this do for your career moving forward?
George: This is a title that I’ve seen people pass up a world title shot for a shot at this belt. I’m excited where a win can take me. I have to win it first. We all know it brings massive opportunities for the winner. It’s a title that we really want to win!
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.