Teacher packs a punch
MEET the part-time high school teacher that also packs one of the most powerful punches in the Far North Coast.
Professional boxer Steven Roberts has moved from Brisbane to Byron Bay and will look to build on his 3-0 career record against Ronald Branford at the Southport Sharks Leagues Club this Friday night.
The 35-year old stays busy juggling boxing, teaching, doing security work and his own exercise physiologist business.
“I keep busy and I’m looking forward to my first fight in almost 16 months,” Roberts said.
“I think kids at school find it pretty cool that I’m a boxer.
“I’m pretty sure I’m the only pro that lives in the Northern Rivers.
“I want to get around to all the local gyms and spark a bit of interest among teenagers.”
The hulking 90kg man mountain is currently ranked 17th in the Australian Cruiserweight division and is confident of notching his fourth win on Friday night.
“It’s exciting to fight under the Byron Bay banner for the first time and I expect to win,” he said.
“I go in with the mind-set that there is no way I’m going to lose and getting knocked down on the canvas is the ultimate embarrassment.
“I’m a straight puncher and I’ve been working on my footwork.”
“It’s important for me to keep this momentum and undefeated streak going.
“The Queensland Title is vacant at the moment and there is a chance that I might get a title fight by the end of the year.”
You can watch the fight on Fox Sports 1 from 8pm.
Meanwhile, after a three-year hiatus, boxing will return to the Ballina RSL Club on Saturday night.
The 14-bout Ballina Youth Club card will also feature two novelty fights.
Ballina coach Casey O’Donnell will step into the ring against Evans Head trainer Christian Booker.
The pair had some bruising encounters in the 1990s for the Australian Golden Gloves Title and it will be the first time they have faced each other in 20 years.
Well-known Ballina rugby league and rugby union identity Kevin Clarke could be in for a torrid night against former Penrith Panthers reserve grade player Sam Paletaoga.
Clarke, 42, has trained hard for a month, but Paletaoga started his training regime back in April.
Tickets are available at the door, boxing from 7pm.