Heavyweight preparing to do battle
MAY 21 is the date, Whitsunday PCYC is the venue and Nathan Hustler is the opponent.
These are the three things that are on Brendan ‘Relentless’ Ruge’s mind as he prepares to take to the ring as part of Whitsunday Boxing Club’s Fight Night III: Reloaded.
Having defeated Dallas Sing in the club’s last fight night held in May last year, Ruge said he had been doing everything he can to be ready for what he was anticipating to be his toughest battle yet.
"I know I’ve done all I can," he said.
"I’ve trained hard and I think I’ve done enough."
Ruge said having only just scraped through his last fight in a scrappy battle, he was now determined to fight his way to victory over a very fierce competitor.
"I kind of brawled my way through my last fight so this time I will have to actually box," he said.
"With a bit of luck I’ll be a bit fitter than him.
"It’s going to be a KO (knock out) for sure, either way."
Head coach Paul Barrett said he was confident his fighter would go all the way after defeating an opponent with five times his experience level in his last fight.
Barrett said the Townsville-based Hustler had a strong reputation in the sport.
"The inside word on Hustler is he has a heart like Pharlap," he said.
Barrett said with this in mind he was expecting a very physical heavyweight bout with a knock out victory likely to be on the cards.
"He can take as much as good as he can give out and his strait right has more than enough punch to drop a bloke twice his size," he said.
"I’ve seen a hundred fighters like Hustler, but only a few like Ruge.
"Both these men have the ability to knock the other out cold."
Barrett said he hoped Ruge would come home with a KO win in the third round.