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Lake Mac boxer Amber Amelia ‘excited’ by NSW title shot

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Don’t be fooled by Amber Amelia’s diminutive stature… the “pocket rocket” certainly packs a punch.

And, her opponent this weekend, Ali Jensen, is about to find out just how much.

The pair of bantamweights will step into the ring at Neutral Corner Fight Promotion’s extravaganza at the Bankstown Paceway on Saturday 23 March, with a state belt up for grabs.

Boxcamp Lake Macquarie bantamweight Amber Amelia. Photo: Rod Thompson

To say the Boxcamp Lake Macquarie boxer is eager for a shot at the title is an understatement.

“Training’s been good under my coach Nathan Swadling,” Amelia said.

“I’m very happy with how everything’s falling into place.

“To be honest, I’m really excited.

“We’ve been training daily for almost two months to prepare for it.

“I’ve never fought for an NSW championship in the pros before.

“I have competed for an Australian title, but not a state one, so that adds a bit to the excitement.”

Surprisingly, Amelia doesn’t know much about her opponent, who’s representing High Level Boxing Gym Casuarina.

That’s the way she likes it, although they’ll contest six two-minute rounds.

“I’m aware Ali’s tough,” she said.

“However, apart from that, I don’t have a lot of knowledge about the way she fights.

“It’s more of a case of me concentrating on what I need to do.

“A lot of boxers study their rivals… I guess I’m a bit different.

“I’ll just figure it out in the first round of the fight and then go back to the corner, listen to what they have to say and what I need to do.

“I’ve got good people there, so I’m guided by them.

“But, it would be nice to knock her out early,” she added with a laugh.

Amber Amelia will let her fists do the talking this weekend. Photo: Rod Thompson

Although only young in her career, Amelia’s already making her mark in the sport.

“When I was about 17, there was a boxing gym two minutes down the road,” she told the Newcastle Weekly.

“So, I just went [there] and gave it a go for fitness and fun.

“Then I started the sparring side of things and fell in love with it.

“It sounds funny, but I loved getting punched and punching people… I guess that helps.

“I’ve got big goals though.

“I want to go as far as I can, however I’m just taking one fight at a time.

“I’ve had a few bouts for No Limit Boxing, who look after the likes of the Tszyus (Tim and Nikita), Sam Goodman and Liam Wilson.

“So, hopefully, I’ll fight for them again in the future.

“I’ve only had six professional bouts, for three wins and three losses.

“And, even though I give away a bit of a height advantage, I’m working on other areas to strengthen my technique.

“Currently I’m just practicing the basics, over and over again, not getting too tricky on things.

“If I get that right, then I can work other aspects off that.

“I’m always learning new things but still keeping it simple.”

Amelia expects to have strong support at the Bankstown Paceway, with a couple of Novocastrian pugilists also heading south to fight.

“There are a few of us on Saturday’s card,” she said.

“However, I’m counting on a big crew from Boxcamp to cheer me on.

“That [backing] can really help.

“But, I’m just excited to get back [in the ring]… that’s the main thing.”

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