PCYC chairman Bob Bogie with Danny Green's sparring partner and professional American boxer Mike Wilson.
PCYC chairman Bob Bogie with Danny Green's sparring partner and professional American boxer Mike Wilson.

US boxer loves the Whitsundays

MIKE Wilson has arguably one of the toughest jobs in the world – he is Danny Green's sparring partner.

But since his arrival in Australia last month, the 27-year-old American has been more worried about how “beautiful” our country is.

“It [the Whitsundays] is the most beautiful place I have ever been to,” he said.

“From the people to the beach to the town, it's just beautiful.

“I went up in the chopper and it was amazing going over the reef and islands.

“If it was up to me I wouldn't leave.”

Wilson was among many that ventured to the Whitsundays and were lucky enough to be part of the spectacular that was Trouble in Paradise.

Wilson, who is a professional boxer looking to make his way in the US said it was great for the community to be able to put on a great spectacle for spectators who travelled from near and far for the fight night.

"It's a beautiful turnout, a beautiful venue and there are great fans here,” Wilson said from the stands on Saturday night.

“As long as people turn out here that's the main thing.

“This community feel kind of reminds me of when I was starting out.”

Wilson first pulled on his gloves at the age of 13 where he trained in an old furniture warehouse.

He now admitted he had come a long way as he stood side by side with a three time world champion in Danny Green.

“It's such a great opportunity for me to come to Australia,” Wilson said.

“Hopefully when I'm done with boxing I can open my own gym and help kids out.”

But before he hangs up his gloves, Wilson said that next time he returned to the Whitsundays, he would love to return as a headline act on the Trouble in Paradise fight card.


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