Having garnered growing attention from Australian boxing fans since his professional debut, rising star Vegas Larfield (8-0, 7 KOs) has had to become comfortable with the bright lights.
In fact, it might be more accurate to suggest that he has grown up under them.
In his first two outings, a then fresh-faced teenager picked up stoppage wins on shows headlined by domestic sensation, Tim Tszyu (22-0, 16 KOs) and pound-for-pound great, Terence ‘Bud’ Crawford (39-0, 30 KOs).
With each subsequent fight and accolade then, the buzz has swelled, and many believe the now 21-year-old has all the makings of a future World champion.
The upswing in fanfare is not something Larfield finds himself consumed by, however.
“I just stay in the gym,” Larfield told The Inner Sanctum.
“There’s so many good people around me that keep me grounded and keep me who I am.
“I’m just so open to learning and getting better. I’m constantly studying the sport. When I’m not at training I’m at home watching boxing, trying to up my game.
“I just work so hard on improving myself physically and mentally.”
By dedicating himself to training and living by a mantra of self-improvement, the fruits of labour, in the form of an undefeated record and multiple regional titles, have been there for Larfield to enjoy.
Still, he enacts a workman-like approach to the fight game, itself often convoluted and full of the twists and turns of political dimensions.
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Put simply, the Queenslander is ready to face anyone put in front of him, provided they pose a different challenge to his prior foe.
Development, above all else, is a clear goal for the All Star Boxing trained pupil.
“I think my progression is going well,” Larfield said.
“I’ve kind of just taken the back seat and let the team do their thing and match me up. They just tell me who I’m fighting, what date and I just show up and do my job.
“The opponents have been gradually stepping up each time, which I’m happy about. I love to challenge myself.
“We’re right on track.”
Always adding new wrinkles to his game, Larfield will be hoping to continue his winning ways on June 18, when he again steps between the ropes.
Fighting on the undercard of No Limit Boxing’s Tszyu vs Ocampo event on the Gold Coast, the surging prospect is set to face Filipino slugger, Jhunrille Castino (13-2, 4 KOs) over six rounds.
Although the foreign fighter poses his most experienced opponent in terms of total wins, the man known as ‘Lethal’ is confident without being overtly dismissive. Rather, there is an intensity to his voice that suggests the opposite, that his conviction is unwavering.
Just as he sees the dangers that lie in wait, he too sees weaknesses he can exploit and the avenues to victory that he will venture down.
Larfield is ready to take the next step towards boxing stardom.
“I think he’s a very good opponent (and) it’s a good step up. He looks pretty sharp with his shots, but there are also lots of flaws in his game,” he concluded.
“He’s very flat footed, he has a slow pace and he seems to gas. So I’m going to be looking to push the pace on him and exploit those things.
“I’m going to get it done just by boxing smart. I think circle around, let the combinations fly and get him out of there.
“I just keep getting better with each camp and tightening up everything, so I’m really looking forward to getting in there on June 18.”
Vegas Larfield vs Jhunrille Castino goes down at No Limit Boxing’s Tszyu vs Ocampo on June 18. To order on pay-per-view, click here.
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