AFTER almost 12 months out of the ring WBO Asia Pacific Junior Welterweight champion Steve Wills reclaimed his title with a second round KO of his Thai opponent Denkamol Kiatchanachai at Trouble in Paradise on Saturday night.
Wills took control of the fight from the opening bell with sharp powerful right jabs setting up his opponent for the knock out blow midway through the second round.
Following the victory Wills said he was happy to be back in the ring after he sustained a serious knee injury late last year.
“It's a big relief,” he said.
“I was too big for him and too strong.”
“I'd love to fight up here again, it's the best venue ever.”
Trainer Angelo Hyder said he was very impressed with Wills' return to the ring and was confident his fighter had a bright future in the sport.
“He's a very good up and coming fighter,” he said.
“If his opportunities fall into place he could possibly be a world champion one day and it's not something I say lightly.”
Wills also impressed boxing world champion Danny Green who said it was a privilege to have such a talented fighter, boxing in the Whitsundays.
“I think he's got a lot of potential,” he said.
“Having him in Airlie Beach was a great thing for everyone and people may not appreciate how good he actually is.”
Upon leaving the Whitsundays, Wills said he was now focused on securing a fight on the under card for Danny Green's world title fight in Perth on November 17.
Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.