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Jack Brubaker on Takayama defence: “I really believe they have underestimated me”

Jack Brubaker on Takayama defence: “I really believe they have underestimated me”

JACK Brubaker might be the defending champion in Tokyo; but he’s fighting to prove a point.

The Cronulla native will make the second defence of his OPBF strap against favoured Japanese live-wire Suyon Takayama at the famed Korakuen Hall in Tokyo, Japan on Monday night, with the hope of earning a marquee win.

“It’s going to be a bit of a step up in class,” admitted Brubaker in an interview with Aus-Boxing. “He (Takayama) is my mandatory defence for the OPBF title and he has a good record. I’m quite happy to go over and fight in Japan,”

Brubaker (10-1-1, 5 KOs) will become the fourth Australian in a two month span to venture across to Japan and test themselves, joining world rated lightweight Brandon Ogilvie and recently crowned OPBF ruler Dwight Ritchie.

With the aforementioned earning a win and draw respectively, Brubaker hopes to add to that tally.

“It doesn’t really bother me one bit,” he explained about fighting abroad. “I think it will be a great experience, I’m confident to win over there. I’m going to be a proud Australian walking out over there, representing my country.”

“I really believe they have underestimated me.”

Having closed the book on an injury free training camp, the 24-year-old believes he is in a good place.

“This is by far the best training camp I’ve had,” he continued. “Graham Shaw has just made me into a better boxer,”

“In my last fight when I fought Paddy Murphy, I had hair line fractures in my knuckles in my hand two weeks out.”

“I was too committed to that fight to pull out. I just did the best I could in the fight – and ended up breaking two metacarpals – in the second round of that fight. But I ended up stopping a pretty good opponent in Paddy,”

“He had never been stopped before our fight; it was a massive boost for my confidence.”

“So now going into this fight I have both hands with no problems, it’s a massive relief. Winning against Murphy with one hand and stopping him – gives me all the confidence in the world fighting Takayama – with two hands.”

For Brubaker, a win against Takayama – a fighter six years his senior – who won and defended the Japanese national title six times, will be the pinnacle of a short career that has only recently been a full-time commitment.

“When I took up boxing professionally, I was working full-time,” he elaborated. “I took it pretty serious but it was a hobby and never I saw it as being professional. It wasn’t until I had a few wins under my belt,”

“Since I fought and got the win on the Danny Green undercard last year, I gave up my full-time work and have now focused on giving boxing a red hot crack,” he added. “I now feel that each fight I am now gaining in confidence.”

“It’s been a ten week camp for this fight. I’ve been able to get thirty rounds of sparring in with Dennis Hogan – all in a week – and I’ve also been sparring the likes of Mark Lucas, George Kambosos and Valentine Borg,”

“This is by far the most confident I’ve been heading into a fight,” he concluded.

“I really have gone the extra mile for this fight, right now I feel pretty cool, calm and collected.”

The self-assured Brubaker is hopeful that a Takayama win will serve as a springboard to a Commonwealth title challenge. Despite not looking past his Japanese foe, the popular Sydneysider has one eye on Cameron Hammond.

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“Takayama is ranked high in the division,” he said. “A win could put me in the top fifteen in the WBC rankings,”

“But I always keep an eye out on the domestic welterweight scene. From welterweight to middleweight is some of the best boxing going around. I intend to keep my head down, working hard and continue to defend my belt,”

“There is a possible Commonwealth title fight – maybe against fellow Aussie Cameron Hammond – towards the end of the year. But, I really need to consider what the best route is for me to go down to improve my world rating.”

Having a short-term plan is always a good thing, but Brubaker knows he must perform in Tokyo first.

“I’m just looking forward to getting over there and putting all my hard work into practice,” he exclaimed.

“If I fight like I have been sparring, I will win every round. He hasn’t been stopped before.”

“As tough as the Japanese are, I’m confident in stopping him,”

Photo: Louie Abigail/Photography by Rockfingrz



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