Volcano's last shot

Ngakau "Volcano" Spain is feeling very confident about his first boxing bout in 25 years at Fight Night II Tropical Thunder.


IN WHAT is his professional boxing debut, Ngakau “Volcano” Spain said next week's fight at Fight Night II could be his last.

In his 90th fight, which includes bouts in Muay Thai, Mixed Martial Arts and boxing, against Shannon “F16” Forrester, Spain has put it all on the line.

If he doesn't win he says he will throw in the towel for good, and if he does win he plans to travel to Sydney to further pursue his fighting career.

“I'm going to put my life on the line for this,” he said.

The 38-year-old Whitsunday resident has worked hard over the past three months sparring with Danny Zealand and training at Extreme Fitness 24-hour gym.

“I'm in good shape,” he said.

“I'm nearly 40 and the shape I am in is just brilliant.”

Spain, who believes speed is his best attribute, recognises that he will need to be in good shape against his more powerful opponent come May 22 at the Whitsunday PCYC.

“My speed is my strength,” he said.

“I've got the edge on speed, but he's got the edge on power.

“My money shot is the left body rip, the liver punch.”

Spain is hoping that his quick moves will be the winning formula to get him home in what he is tipping to be a massive spectacle next Saturday.

“I'm tipping it to be the fight of the night,” he said.

According to trainer Paul Barrett's research, this is the first professional boxing fight in the Whitsundays.

“In 1978 they held a little fight on Hamilton Island, but here in Airlie Beach, Volcano's fight is the first ever pro boxing fight,” he said.

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