14/04/2024

Jude Grant looks to claim another state boxing title at Thunderdome 45 (Photo: Mike O'Hara)

This Friday, Perth prospect Jude Grant kicks off his 2024 at Thunderdome 45, as he sets his sights on the West Australian State Super Middleweight title.

In 2023 Grant enjoyed a successful year, winning all three of his fights to take his record to 5-0.

However, India’s Sandeep Kumar will be his most experienced opponent to date when they fight on Friday, riding a boxing record of six wins and three losses.

If Grant wins, it will be his third state title having collected belts from Super Welterweight and Middleweight.

When talking to the media, the Perth native said that he is looking forward to making a statement, by showing the skills he has developed over the past year.

“Last year was a big learning curve for me, obviously at a new gym, adapting to a new style. I think I came out of it a much better fighter and a much more mature fighter, ” Grant said.

“I’m looking for a very dominant performance. Sandeep [Kumar] has a better record and is my first international opponent.

“I’m looking to put on a show, I don’t think he is anything special, especially with the boys I’m sparring with I think I’m in line for a big performance.”

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Training out of Big Rigs in Perth, Grant is surrounded by many fighters who are on the cusp of national opportunities and he feels that he is in the right place to further his career in professional boxing.

“There’s a lot of excitement, the gym is pumping at the moment,” Grant revealed.

“The sparring I’m getting is second to none. I’ve got so many boys to spar and so many tests. There’s no room for any complacency or I’ll get find out, which is a good thing at the end of the day.

“It’s forcing me to constantly push, to constantly grow, to constantly get better. “

With many up-and-coming stars and world champions coming out of the continent, Australia is going through an exciting time in terms of its boxing scene. The Perth Fighter feels fortunate to be arriving on the scene at the right time.

“It’s a really booming period in Australia in boxing,” Grant said.

“I feel like I’m super blessed to be coming up in this time, and there were other times when it was much harder to get after exposure.

“But thanks to people like Kambosos and Tszyu brothers and Jai Opetaia, there are a few names out there who are pushing the Australian brand forward. It’s such a great time to be coming up. I’m very blessed.”

Fans will be able to follow Grant and all the action from Thunderdome 45 live and on-demand from Triller TV.

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