Women’s boxing is on the rise on a global scene currently. It has to be argued that it’s currently the best time to be a professional women’s boxer in the entire history of boxing. Fighters like Katie Taylor are making massive purses and drawing huge viewing figures. Women’s professional boxing is most definitely on the rise.
One woman who is looking to take advantage of that is Australian Rachel Loder, who has transitioned from the amateur ranks with flying colours, picking up four wins from her first four contests, with three coming inside the scheduled distance.
Loder takes a step up in class in her next outing, as she squares off for the Australasian Lightweight title on home soil in Tweets Head, NSW, a place that rising Australian stars the Moloney brothers have made somewhat of a fortress in recent years.
The New South Wales native opened up about her amateur career and previewed her Australasian title showdown. She said, “Firstly thank you to my manager Tony Tolj for getting me the opportunity to box for a title in just my fifth professional fight and also in front of my hometown supporters. That in itself is a dream come true and something I am so grateful for.
“As an amateur, I boxed everyone I could. I had around 40 amateur fights and I went everywhere to fight and really looked to get the experience fighting all over the place. I really do love boxing and being able to fight and also be around people such as the Moloney’s, Billel Dib and these top fighters every day is a dream in itself.”
Loder doesn’t just have ambitions in the world of boxing, but also in the world of education as she continues hers alongside her professional career. The likeable Aussie discussed her careers in the ring and away from the ring.
She said, “In boxing obviously my ambition is to become a world champion. I am only young and I believe I have an amazing team around me that can really push me as far as I can go and they will get the most out of me as a fighter,
“I’m also training to be a teacher and I’m currently studying for that now. I love helping others and giving back, and being a teacher is a great way to do that. I want to help people in life in a positive way and that’s why I decided to become a teacher as well as a professional boxer.”Rachel-Loder.jpg
Steve Gago talks triple title clash on Tim Tzysu card
Steve Gago takes a step up in class as he clashes with former Kazak amateur standout Nursultan Zhangabayev on the undercard of Tim Tszyu vs Dwight Ritchie on August 14 in Sydney, Australia.
The pair will dispute the WBO Global, IBF Pan Pacific (currently held by Gago) and WBA International title (currently held by Zhangabayev) in a fight that could most definitely steal the show in Sydney next month.
The pair enter the contest with also having undefeated records on the line and Perth’s Gago, whose record currently stands at 11-0 with 4 stoppages opened up about being given the opportunity to crash into multiple governing bodies world ratings.
Gago said, “Firstly I have to massively thanks my manager Tony Tolj for getting me this massive opportunity on a big show. against a top-class talent in Zhangabayev. These are the fights you get into boxing for and I am delighted that I am getting an opportunity like this at this stage in my professional career.
“Zhangabayev is a top-quality fighter, I am fully aware of his capabilities but we are putting in the work in camp to pull off what some people may think is an upset, but I don’t believe it will be a shock at all when I emerge victorious on August 14.”
Gago’s manager Tony Tolj added, giving his take on the high-risk clash for both fighters in Sydney this coming August.
The Perth based manager, who also manages world-rated twins Andrew and Jason Moloney stated, “It’s a massive fight as there is a lot on the line. The winner will move into three governing bodies world ratings potentially and that is a massive incentive for both fighters.
“The pair are explosive fighters who both come to put on a show so I believe it’s going to be a great contest and for me, the loser can come back and be only 12 months behind the winner when it comes to career progression. These are the type of fights boxing fans want to see and I’m delighted to have been able to contribute to making such a quality fight that I believe my man Steve Gago will emerge victoriously.”
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