18/04/2024

Luke Woods will meet Queensland's Tysinn Best for the Australian and Australasian Super Welterweight titles on December 4 - Photo: Combat Analytics/Facebook

Fresh off of an October victory, Luke Woods is intent on adding the Australasian title to his growing trophy cabinet in his December 4 bout.

Riding the high of recently capturing the Australian Super Welterweight title on the Gold Coast in October, Luke Woods (7-4, 2 KOs) will enter his bout on December 4 with a spring in his step.

Bringing the belt back to North-West Tasmania has served as a just reward for a fighter who has shown unconditional love to the sport of boxing. Indeed, it is gratification for dedication to a career so few choose and even fewer master.

The moniker of champion is itself a symbol, however. A nod to a lifetime of hard work, which was recognised by many of Woods’ peers, who reached out and showed their adulation for his efforts.

For more evidence of a commitment to not taking shortcuts, look no further than the record books. Having ventured outside of the ‘Apple Isle’ for each of his past five contests, Woods is no stranger to doing things the hard way.

Humbled by the support of his journey, he holds an immense amount of pride in the achievement.

“It’s massive for me and the support was great,” Woods told The Inner Sanctum.

“People realise that I’ve earned it and I deserve it. I’m one of the few boxers that would travel away to another state or out of their home town and win an Australian title.”

Far from resting on the decision victory over Ethan Law (5-1, 4 KOs) that saw him claim the title, Woods will return to the ring in quick fashion. With just 41 days between fights, he is now set to take on Australasian champion, Tysinn Best (14-2, 4 KOs) at Brisbane’s Eatons Hill hotel.

Scheduled for 10 rounds, the upcoming showdown can be accurately dubbed ‘winner takes all’ as both men will put their titles on the line in the co-main event of ACE Boxing Group’s Flanagan vs Masson card.

While some fighters may see a short turn around time as a detriment, the Latrobe Boxing Club product feels that a more active schedule has many benefits.

Woods also exited the meeting with Law free of any physical ailments, despite being knocked down in the second round. As a result, he has made a smooth transition into another training camp and feels at the height of his powers.

“I pulled up out of that last fight really well,” he said.

“I was probably the fittest I’ve been and I got to come back straight into the gym the following Monday, starting as fit as.

“When my fights become few and far between, I stop jumping on the scales as often as I’m meant to and not watching what I eat as well. It’s definitely going to help.

“Honestly, I should be as good if not better than I was last time.”

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By fighting for the Australasian title, Woods will be involved in his third straight bout with a regional belt on the line this year.

Though it is a tremendous run of opportunities, the 29 year old concedes that there is part of him that wishes they had been presented earlier. Adamant that he will hang his gloves up at age 30, time is running out to add to his collection of accolades.

Still, Woods’ eyes are fixated on looking forward. In his mind, it is better to have the chance for a moment in the sun at any stage, than not at all.

“It means the world,” Woods claimed.

“I wish I had have had these opportunities a little bit earlier in my career, but they’ve come up now and I’ve taken them with both hands.

“I’m happy. I’m happy with it and I’ve got full belief that I’ve got what it takes to pull it off.”

Ever focused, the Tasmanian enters the clash between champions full of faith in his preparation and mindset.

Well aware that a willing competitor in Best will come prepared for battle, Woods is also cognisant of the challenges that will be created by his own skillset and craftiness.

Bringing these same attributes, traits that saw his represent Australia at the 2010 Commonwealth games, will be crucial to his game plan.

Moreover, they will need to be out in full force if he is to emerge victorious and further cement his boxing legacy.

“I think I’ll be able to outbox him well enough. If I feel like I can see a stoppage coming on, of course I’m going to put the pressure on, but I think I’ll just do my best at boxing his ears off,” he concluded.

“I know its boxing and one punch can change everything, but winning that last belt has picked my confidence up so high.

“I don’t think there’ll be many people interested in fighting me once they see me on Saturday night.”

ACE Boxing Group’s Flanagan vs Masson event goes down on December 4 and can be viewed live on their YouTube channel, here.

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