Dalby boxer Michael Bond to go pro for charity
DALBY boxer Michael Bond is not just chasing victory in his first professional bout next month.
He is also entering the ring to support his friends Dennis Nolan and Stephen Pentti, who are both suffering from cancer.
Bond will fight Joel Stower at Rumours International in Toowoomba on March 14.
He and trainer Terry Heir will donate the fight purse equally between Dennis and Stephen.
"Terry and I have a couple of sick friends and we thought 'what could we do for them?'" Bond said.
Bond and Heir contacted Toowoomba boxing trainer and promoter Brendon Smith, who organised the upcoming fight night.
Bond has previously competed in eight amateur bouts.
"I started boxing for fitness in the off-season of rugby. It was also a bit of self-defence and a bit of discipline as well," he said.
"It's been a good sport for me. I've been able to keep fit and release stress and tension."
It will be a legal showdown between Bond, director at Bond and Co Lawyers, and law student Stower.
"Joel Stower is a big, strong bloke so he'll be coming to try put me down and psych me out. I've got to be prepared," Bond said.
Heir is confident Bond can defeat his opponent in the heavyweight bout.
"I've been training Michael for about 5-6 months now and he's come along really well," he said.
"I've got a feeling he could stop Joel Stower in the second round. He's got great hooks and uppercuts that could really hurt him."
Toowoomba heavyweight Stower chases his second professional victory against Bond after starting his career with a TKO victory over Rick Schubert in October.
"I'm really excited about this bout," Stower said.
"In many ways Michael Bond is living my dream - he runs a legal practice and is now boxing professionally."
Smith said he would assist with the fundraising on the night.
- Smithy Brings the Big Fights 9
- Saturday, March 14 at Rumours International, Toowoomba
- Tickets at Smithy's Gym