28/02/2024

Andrew Hunt will be bringing the action to the Gold Coast on April 10 - Photo: @andrewhuntboy on Instagram

Andrew Hunt is working towards boxing greatness, starting with a fight for the Australian Welterweight title on April 10. He stopped by The Inner Sanctum to preview the bout.

The mantra for Brisbane’s Andrew Hunt is one as old as time in the world of professional combat sports: Iron sharpens iron.

That is, if you want to be the best at what you do, you have to surround yourself with the best in the game. You will not hone your craft with those that you cannot learn anything from. One cannot thrive without the other.

Wood or brick will not sharpen the blades of your swords. Only the toughest of raw materials equal to that of your weapons. Only iron will do.

It is this frame of mind that is driving the 23 year old, who is yet another fighter hoping to add to the lineage of Welterweight greatness at Stretton Boxing Club.

“You know what that saying is, ‘if you want to become a champion, you’ve got to train with champions’”, Hunt told The Inner Sanctum.

“Stretton Boxing Club is the best place to be for that.”

In fact, it is the want to achieve greatness that has defined the young boxer for most of his life in the sport.

Before turning professional, Hunt carved out a very impressive amateur career of 94 fights for 72 wins and a draw. During this time, he also represented Australia on numerous occasions.

Representing Australia was only one step in the process, though. Gold was always in his sights.

“Before I turned pro, I actually wanted to go to the Olympics,” Hunt said.

Even the best laid plans do not always work out, however. For Hunt, a new path to a golden future had to be found.

“As soon as I found out I’ve got a kid on the way, we sat down with Glenn (Rushton) and discussed my future.

“Glenn said, ‘give me four years and I’ll make you a world champ.’

“So that’s the goal for me. Just put my head down and just keep pushing forward.”

In a silver lining, fatherhood has only added fuel to the burning fire within. It is extra motivation to achieve the highest of highs.

“It’s definitely worth coming to the gym every day, fighting for something you love. It makes you a stronger person, in and out of the ring,” Hunt said.

After a packed first two years of professional boxing, from which he has compiled an undefeated record of 7-0-1, Hunt has earned a shot at “Banging” Ben Kite’s (18-4-1) Australian Welterweight title.

The fight will be a part of the Tasman Fighters’ Gold Coast Fight Night event on Saturday April 10, headlined by Heavyweight sensation, Justis Huni.

The official fight poster for Kite vs Hunt – Photo: @andrewhuntboy on Instagram

Despite large gaps in age and professional experience, Hunt remains focused on the elements of fighting that he can control.

“All I know is to stick to my game plan, listen to my coach and listen to my team,” he said.

“I’m an all-round fighter. So whatever you’re going to put in front of me, I’m going to work it out.

“I don’t really study my opponents, I don’t really study Ben, don’t really know who he is. All I know, I heard he’s got an outstanding work rate and I’m prepared for that.”

The bout will be Stretton’s third attempt at a regional title in the same number of weeks after Joseph Goodall and Ben Horn successfully captured the WBC Australasian Heavyweight and WBF Australasian Welterweight titles respectively.

Although some might feel the pressure of living up to the achievements by teammates, others like Hunt do not get overawed by the weight of expectation.

Along with the aforementioned names, Hunt has also been a member of the gym for big fights in the careers of World class boxers Jeff Horn and Dennis Hogan.

To him, high standards come with the territory.

“I’ve been with this gym for almost two years, it’s just another day in the office,” he said.

“The whole team’s always been busy and that’s how I like it too.”

When he steps into the ring on Saturday, the focus then will instead remain internal.

“I’m just going to do what I’ve always done, just going to come and knock this guy out. Out work him, out speed him, out power him.

“Expect a great fight and a big KO.”

Gold Coast Fight Night goes down on Saturday April 10 and will air live on Fox Sports and Kayo.

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