THE prestigious event space at The Star has been the scene for many significant moments in the career of Jack Brubaker.
From his unsuccessful Commonwealth title challenge against Kris George, which ended due to a cut, to the biggest win of his career over former English titleholder Tyrone Nurse.
A sense of irony surrounds his third showing at the Sydney-based entertainment complex, where he faces unbeaten prospect Ty Telford for a WBA affiliated regional title on Wednesday night.
Ahead of his high profile placing on the stacked No Limit Boxing pay-per-view card, Brubaker (15-2-1, 7 KOs) concedes it may be his last Australian fight for the foreseeable future.
“This is sort of the last straw for me,” he told Aus-Boxing.
“I’m a great domestic fighter and I do believe I’m the best in the Australia at my weight. I got a little unlucky against Kris George but I learnt a lot from that fight.
“I believe he was quitting in that round. He caught me with that punch; I was a little too eager, too keen. I just need to have a bit more controlled aggression.
“There really is no one else for me here in Australia. Jeff Horn has moved up and no one below me wants any smoke. Once I get that world ranking I’ll start looking overseas.”
The 27-year-old was originally slated to face long-time rival Cameron Hammond in a mouth-watering collision. But for the third time in as many years, Hammond withdrew himself from the fight.
After a late scuffle, which saw Melburnian Adam Kaoullas temporarily fill Hammond’s shoes, the Victorian titleholder also withdrew, leaving an upset-minded Ty Telford (5-0, 2 KOs) to ultimately offer his services.
Despite the late notice, the unbeaten Sydney resident presents a perfect stylistic match-up, with the potential to steal the show proving more than likely.
“I think it will be a good show. I will treat this fight as it was Cameron Hammond or if it was Keith Thurman,” Brubaker added.
“Look. Cameron Hammond pulled out, then Adam Kaoullas then filled in. I don’t care who it is, I’m going to go out there and put on a good performance.
“Adam then pulled out with an elbow injury, so we now have Ty Telford locked in. He reminds me of myself a few years back and will take any fight.
“If I get the stoppage that’s great, if not I’m just going to out class him and get the win over ten rounds. It was important that I fought someone that was active and had a good record.
“I’m a prize fighter and the best in the country and I want a good quality opponent. Credit to him, but it’s not going to help in the ring.”
Although the former regional titleholder is favoured to beat his lesser experienced opponent, Brubaker refuses to downplay the credentials of Telford.
“He’s an undefeated fighter and he had another fight planned in about four weeks time,” he added.
“The way I see it, he’s active, he’s fit, he’s young and confident. These fights are the most dangerous ones. He has nothing to lose and everything to gain.
“I just want to be active as I can this year, I believe in my ability and truly believe I can beat anyone. I’m in the mindset that it’s still Cameron Hammond, who was the toughest fight I could get.”
Now signed with prominent overseas consortium, MTK Global, Brubaker expects to make an impact beyond these shores in the coming months.
“I’ve trained super hard for this fight. I think a win proves that I am the best in Australia,” he concluded.
“After a win here I should have my top fifteen rating with the WBA, and then I’ll look to go overseas and dominate over there.
“I want to get back that killer instinct and knock him out. A highlight reel knockout, plain and simple. I’ve done all the hard work; I’m just looking forward to getting in the ring now.”