Home boxer gets set for big fight
HIS training base has been a small living room but Grafton’s Eddie Debono is dreaming of bigger prizes ahead of his Northern NSW Super Heavyweight Title stoush with Troy Harding on Saturday night.
He has limited equipment at his disposal but plans on unleashing his full armoury of blows when he meets Harding at the Nambucca Bowling Club.
A record of 12 wins from 15 amateur starts is not bad for a backyard outfit.
“It’s all just me. I have got some friends that come and help me,” said Debono, who works at the Crown Hotel.
“I train in my living room and brought a treadmill to put in the middle of it.
“My friends hold the pads for me when I train.”
Since his 2000 boxing debut, the 29-year-old father-of-two has made a steady progression into the domestic circuit.
This will be his third attempt at filling the Super Heavyweight Title and he plans on making it his best.
“This is by far my biggest fight,” said Debono, who gives away 20cm to Harding with his 165cm stance.
“I don’t have any natural boxing talent like him.
“But I think I’ll do OK if I can hit him. I do have mongrel in me.
“I’ll just try and play it smart. I want to take his tools away from him.”
A streamlined 105kg – he started his preparation at 113kg – Debono has learned a lot since a broken nose and 20 stitches ended his maiden fight.
A lethal overhand right has become his signature move.
But he has to deliver more than that to prove his worth.
“I got roped in for the first time,” he said.
“I just more of a boofhead - I found out very quickly that it wasn’t enough.
“I knew after that you have got to be pretty prepared.”
Opponent Harding is the nephew of former Australian great Jeff Harding and his resume includes three silver medals at the Australian Boxing Titles.
Debono and Harding are casual friends in boxing circles but that will be forgotten when the pair enter the ring at around 10.30pm tomorrow.
“I travel to a lot of the shows around town,” Debono said.
“And he (Harding) is a good boxer and does well with what he does. I get a little bit nervous but not by the whole occasion. There would be a lot of other offers after this.”
Debono says he is unlikely to enter venture into the professional ranks.
Eddie Debono v Troy Harding
Record: 12 wins from 15 fights
Title: Northern NSW Super Heavyweight Title
Where: Nambucca Bowling Club
When: March 5, approx. 10.30pm