Australian standout Alex Winwood is looking to continue his fast track to a world title this Friday evening in Perth, as he challenges for the WBC International title in his second pro outing.
Winwood, who is backed up by a card full of 50/50 match ups, represented Australia in the Olympics & Commonwealth Games, and now looks to continue his transition into the pro ranks by gaining a world rating. This will be Winwoods second Main Event in both professional fights and is ready to prove why hes a main eventer.
Winwood discussed his WBC International title charge this weekend, “I’m so excited to get my first international belt, and thankful to the WBC for giving me this opportunity against a former world champion in just my second fight. Every kid dreams of winning WBC titles, so to win an international title is a dream in itself. and a massive step towards a world title.
“I have a real opponent in front of me in a former world champion Tibo Monabesa, and he knows this is a golden opportunity for him, so I have to be on point. If I’m not, it won’t be good for me in the short or long term, that’s why I’ve cut no corners.”
Winwood has prepared for his tilt at the world ratings alongside the heralded Moloney brothers, and the 25-year-old opened up about his experience with the twins.
He said, “Andrew and Jason are great. They’re both brilliant fighters and great human beings, so learning off them as fighters and as people is a wonderful experience.
“Andrew has been world champion, Jason I believe will become world champion soon, so being able to be on a similar path is motivating. I’m trying to soak up as much as I can and ready to produce it next Friday night in Perth & let the World know “A Rock” is the real deal.”
Alex Winwood looking to set records, eyes firmly set on WBC International title challenge
Australian light flyweight sensation Alex Winwood is looking to push through the professional gears in rapid fashion, as he challenges former world champion Tibo Monabesa for the WBC International light flyweight title on March 3.
Winwood has been punch perfect as a professional and is being moved at good pace by Australian boxing aficionado Tony Tolj, who aims to move his all action charge into the world ratings this coming March.
Winwood discussed his career development, “I’m delighted to be moving fast with my career as I feel I have the ability to do that. I’ve served my apprentice in the amateurs, I’ve boxed elite fighters, now it’s my time to shine. I want to beat Jeff Fenech’s legendary record as Australia’s fastest world champion.
“I’m grateful to my manager Tony Tolj who has been moving me at the right pace and I feel this fight is the right step up for me at this stage. I want to establish myself on the world scene and I think this is the right fight in front of my own people in Perth. This is what being a pro is really about for me.
“I’ve been training alongside Andrew and Jason Moloney, so realistically I’m not getting any better development anywhere even if I tried. I’m with the best in the business, and I have a pathway similar to theirs, so I’m learning first hand on how to navigate the boxing world from a performance perspective.”
Winwood is guided by Tony Tolj, who also oversees the Moloney brothers, and Tolj gave his take on Winwood’s fast tracked development.
Tolj stated, “Alex is a great kid, a fast learner and he can really fight. I’m excited about him, and I’m really enjoying working with him. He listens to his coaches, he trusts his team, he’s everything you can ask for in a fighter.
“He main events on March 3 in Metro City, Perth, and I fully believe that’s the position he should be in. I want to thank the WBC for this opportunity; Alex is up for the job and he’s in a real fight against a world rated fighter.
“It’s a massive ask to beat Jeff Fenech’s record, it’s legendary, but I believe out of all the Australian fighters emerging right now, Winwood has the best chance to do it.”
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