On December 1st, Perth will be echoing with noise from boxing fans, awaiting the next installment of the acclaimed Thunderdome boxing series. Metro City, recognized as the pulse of Western Australian boxing, will set the stage.
At the center of all the excitement will be Alex Winwood, boasting a clean 3-0 record, stepping into the ring against Cris Ganoza, a seasoned Filipino boxer with a 20-5 record, including 10 KOs. This 10-round fight stands as a significant test for the rapidly rising Australian, Winwood.
Sporting an impressive rank in several boxing divisions — WBC #2, IBF #5, WBO #8, WBA #13 — Winwood has eyes set on a World Championship challenge come 2024. But before that, Ganoza awaits. To put Ganoza’s experience into perspective, current World WBC Champion Yudai Shigeoka faced him in just his fifth professional fight. Winwood? He’s stepping up to this challenge in his fourth.
Speaking about the upcoming fight, Winwood shared, “Ganoza is undoubtedly one of the best opponents out there. With southpaw fighters like WBC #1 contender Luis Angel Castillo Sotto and World Champion Shigeoka, Ganoza’s style will be a good challenge for me. I’ve dubbed this my ‘John Wick’ list. I’m lucky to have the best support system — my trainer Angelo Hyder and Tony Nobbs, teammates like Jason Moloney, Andrew Moloney, Bruno Tarimo, and everyone at the gym. Not to forget the tireless efforts of my manager, Tony Tolj.”
For Winwood, it’s not just about accolades but pushing his limits. “I’m determined to bring my best, no matter the outcome. Perth has always been a favorite place to fight, and I look forward to an exciting event for all our fans.”
Promoter Tony Tolj threw in his two cents about the upcoming fight card, expressing, “Wrapping up the year with such a great fight card is thrilling. Observing the new batch of boxers making their mark is what keeps me going, and the fight between Winwood and Ganoza will be significant for Winwood’s journey. Working alongside a talent like Winwood, who’s eager to face any challenge head-on, is truly inspiring. December 1st promises to be a night packed with thrilling boxing action.”
For those who can’t be at Metro City, the event will be broadcasted live on FITE.TV.