19/04/2024

Ankush Hooda is set to meet American Amari Jones on the Kambosos vs Haney undercard at Marvel Stadium on June 5 -Photo: Fortitude Boxing/Instagram

Fighting American Amari Jones on the undercard of Kambosos vs Haney, Fortitude Boxing's Ankush Hooda has his eyes set on victory.

In the short time he has spent inside the professional ring, Ankush Hooda (3-0-1, 1 KO) has made an impression to all that have seen him compete.

He doesn’t just box per se, he comes to fight.

Time and again, Hooda has displayed an immense determination to swing the momentum of a bout his way. Whether he is marching through his opponent’s attacks, or throwing a thumping left hand, there is an aggression that underpins the 26 year old’s craft.

In his mind, dogged toughness is more than a description of his style. It is a badge of honour.

“If anyone in Australian boxing knows who I am, they know I’m not a walk in the park, even for the World champs of my weight,” Hooda proudly told The Inner Sanctum.

“I’m going to hang in there, I’m going to fight with them and I’m not going to give them an easy night.

“I believe in my preparations and I know what I can do. He might be thinking this is another walk in the park for him. It’s not.”

Hooda’s trademark aggression was on full display in his 2021 bout with Killian Freehill – Video: Team Ellis Boxing/YouTube

‘He’ in this case is 20 year old American, Amari Jones (5-0, 5 KOs), who makes his way to Marvel Stadium for the six round clash alongside teammate and main event combatant, Devin Haney (27-0, 15 KOs) on June 5.

In his five fights to date, Jones has built a reputation as a knockout artist, finishing all inside the limit.

Each of these stoppages has been just as impressive as the last, defined by distance management and a smart use of reach.

That said, Hooda is not getting caught up in the analysis. He is instead focused only on the elements that he can control.

“I’ve seen a lot of him, a bit of footage of him,” Hooda said.

“He’s going to be taller than me, so I think we’re going to move up and pressure him. Then whatever happens, happens.

“What is in your hands is preparing for a fight and I’ve prepared with no stone unturned. I’ve done everything I could.”

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Under the watchful eye of Luke Meldon at Fortitude Boxing, there is no choice but to train in such a way.

With a stable boasting top-level training partners like Ben Kite (19-6-1, 7 KOs) and Conor Wallace (8-1, 6 KOs), an incredible standard has been set for the Indian-born Brisbanite to comply with.

The results of this have not just been physical boosts, but a sharpened way of thinking too.

“We’re all supporting each other and we all want each other to do good because we’re training with each other,” Hooda said.

“We have a bonding as well. It’s not just training, we just help each other.

“I’ve spent a lot of time in the gym, I train twice a day, I’m already almost on weight so I’ve got no problems.

“Even if I wanted to find reasons for why I can’t win, I do not find any.”

Confidence should not be mistaken for cockiness in the southpaw’s case, though.

Hooda is aware of the challenge in front of him, but is neither dismissive or fearful of Jones. He is, however, determined to offer as stern of a test as the one he faces.

Come the opening bell, he’ll be biting down on the mouth guard, itching to land his shots.

“I don’t want to be cocky or make a big prediction,” Hooda concluded.

“I’m going there to win. I’m not here to give him some consolation fight where he can be happy or have a tough fight – no man. That’s my mentality, that’s how I’m going in.

“I’m going to stand in there and fight, that’s what I’ll do. That’s it.

“I have a strong chin, I’ll see if he.”

Hooda vs Jones is part of the undercard of Kambosos vs Haney and goes down on Sunday June 5. To order on Main Event/Kayo, click here.

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