14/04/2024

Australian Welterweight champion Andrew Hunt refuses to look past Ben Kite, despite already holding a victory over him. (Photo: Tasman Fighters/Instagram)

Despite defeating Ben Kite in April, Australian Welterweight champion Andrew Hunt is not looking past his foe ahead of their rematch on December 3.

In his last professional bout in April, Andrew Hunt (8-0-1, 4 KOs) lived up to the kind of hype that can only be associated with a young, fast and explosive prospect.

That night, the 24-year-old boxed with a high output for 10 rounds, recording a unanimous decision victory to capture the ANBF Australian and Australasian Welterweight titles. Not an easy task considering the 2020 Australian fighter of the year, Ben Kite (18-5-1, 7 KOs) stood in the opposite corner.

Although the win is a great achievement forever attached to his record, Hunt is not willing to rest upon it. Most importantly, victory has not impacted upon his ego.

As he now prepares to put his Australian title on the line in a rematch with Kite at Tasman Fighters’ Super Saturday event on December 4, Hunt understands the threat that his opponent, or any challenger for that matter, poses.

To him, their first fight will count for nothing when the pair square off again.

“I’m definitely not looking past Ben,” Hunt told The Inner Sanctum.

“I know that he’ll come out different, he’s a lot hungrier. He’s also out for revenge.

“We’re in the hurt business, doesn’t matter who it is. Rematch or not, he’s still the same person to me. He’s still an animal and I’m here to hunt him. I’m still looking to hurt him real bad come the 3rd of December.”

With this razor-sharp intent comes a dedication to improvement for Hunt who, by his own admission, is a much different pugilist to the one who graced the canvas in the first bout.

The slick southpaw concedes that he has been too preoccupied with winning by knockout in the past, instead of fighting in an intelligent fashion. At times, the somewhat reckless approach has provided openings for opponents that might not have otherwise been available, had he been level headed in the moment.

Having reflected on his fighting style however, Hunt believes he has addressed these issues, training to remain much more composed in each contest.

“I’ve grown as a fighter,” he said.

“I plan to go into this fight a lot smarter. Controlled, tamed and not always trying to go for the knockout.

“It always seems to end up being something else other than a knockout when I’m just rushing and being greedy for it. If the knockout comes, the knockout comes.”

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The much more controlled outlook on the sport is owed, in part to a change in training camps and coaching structure.

In recent months, Hunt has worked under the tutelage of Australian Light Heavyweight champion Leti Leti (16-1, 12 KOs), who had already been a steady influence on his career for the better part of a decade.

Coupled with the constant support of his father, the Brisbane based fighter is confident in the re-shaping that has taken place.

“I’ve got a new team, a new coach in Leti Leti and my dad and pretty much a new game plan,” Hunt recounted.

“Leti’s actually been a part of my boxing career for a very long time, just always in the background. We always had a plan that one day we’d be a team. I thought right now was the right time to make that.

“I had a lot to talk about with them, about my style and the way I am.”

As such, Andrew Hunt is entering the rematch with a positive frame of mind, determined to defend his title and display his improvements in the process.

In fact, it might be more appropriate to suggest that he is excited by the prospect of showing fans that he has gone to another level.

“We’ve looked at video of the first encounter with Ben Kite and we saw a few mistakes that we want to change,” he concluded.

“I just can’t wait to showcase everything I’ve been doing since April.”

Andrew Hunt vs Ben Kite II is part of Tasman Fighter’s Super Saturday card scheduled for December 4 and will air live on Fox Sports/Kayo.

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