Boyd works as a stablehand at Danny Bowen's stables at Ballina racecourse.
Boyd works as a stablehand at Danny Bowen's stables at Ballina racecourse. The Northern Star

Northern Rivers boxer fighting fit

JOHN BOYD is fighting fit and raring to go for the second bout of his professional boxing career.

The 30-year-old will get his chance tonight when he takes on the Sunshine Coast's Andrew Gosden at the Gold Coast Convention Centre.

The fight will be carried live on Fox Sports 1, which will afford Boyd's family in Sydney the first opportunity to see him in the ring.

Gosden has been forced to come up in weight and Boyd to shed 3kg in order to fight each other in the light heavyweight division.

“He's had a bit more experience than me; he's had six fights for two wins, three losses and a draw,” Boyd said.

“I'm in form and I've kept my training up since my first fight - I'm fighting fit.”

Boyd, who works as a stablehand at Danny Bowen's stables at Ballina racecourse, lost to boxing journeyman Hunter Sam in his professional debut last month

But he took heart from the bout going the distance and that he lost only narrowly on points.

“I was happy with that last fight - even though I lost, it was great for my confidence,” he said.

“I'm no world-beater, but the only way to get better is to have more fights and find my feet.

“This one will probably be my last fight for the year, but I want to get really busy next year and pick my fights.

“By this time next year I'd like to be fighting for a State or Australian title.”

A big contingent from Ballina is going up to watch the fight including many of the patrons and employees from his previous job at the Ballina Seagulls Leagues Club.



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