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Kane Watts: “This is what I’ve been aiming for my whole career”

 
HAVING long been on the periphery of the top two or three best cruiserweight fighters in the country, Kane Watts gets his second opportunity to rise to the top as he prepares to fight for the Australian cruiserweight title.

 
The friendly and personable Watts, who hails from Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula, is as ready as they come for his second tilt at being the best in the land at 200lbs.

 
He comes up against hard hitting Sydneysider, Emosi Solitua after being unsuccessful at his first attempt against the highly rated, Daniel Ammann back in April of 2013.

 
The talented and hard hitting Watts, 33, is fully aware of the opportunity that lay before him and one that he is intent on taking.

 
“Yeah I have been working really hard in the gym with Ray (Giles) and Julian (Holland) to get ready for this fight,” said Watts in an interview with Aus-Boxing.

 
“It means the world to get a second crack at a national title after coming up short against Ammann,”

 
“We’ve been building solidly for around the past twelve months now. I haven’t really taken time off in between fights, I’ve just been getting back in the gym and have just kept working at it.”

 
“The hard work has paid off for sure, as I now have a second chance at winning an Australian title,”

 
“This has been something I have been aiming for my whole career. It’s an opportunity I intend on taking that’s for sure,”

 
On his loss to points decision loss to Amman, Watts (14-2, 7 KOs) said he was hampered through injury for the majority of proceedings.

 
“Things just didn’t go my way in that one, I broke my hand pretty badly in the third round which certainly didn’t help things, but credit to him, he won the fight and we moved on,”

 
As previously mentioned, Watts’ opponent for the Australian cruiserweight title fight is Samoan born Sydneysider, Emosi Solitua who has made a solid start to his professional career holding a record of five wins from six outings, ending four of those wins inside the distance.

 
Watts is under no illusions that the man standing in his way of national honours, is going to be a tricky customer.

 
“We certainly aren’t taking this bloke lightly. Every fight is a hard fight, no doubt. We have watched some tape on him and we know he likes to bob, weave and move and he has power too,”

 
“He’ll be tricky but we have put a lot of work into this fight and we have prepared really well so I am confident we can get the job done come Friday night,”

 
In Watts’ corner has been long time trainer, veteran Ray Giles, and former Commonwealth and Australian champion, Julian Holland. Watts said that both men have had significant input into his career and is very thankful to have them behind him.

 
“Both guys have been fantastic,” Watts continued. “Ray has had years and years of experience and in my opinion is one of the best trainers in the country,”

 
“Not only is he fight smart, he is life smart too. He’s not only my trainer, he has been sort of like a father figure to me as well.”

 
“Julian has been great too. His experience and knowledge of the sport is second to none, I appreciate both men a hell of a lot,”

 
When quizzed about possible future opponents should he win on Friday evening, Watts said he has full trust in his team to make the right decisions for his career moving forward but also sent out an ominous warning.

 
“Look, I just leave that sort of thing to Brian (Amatruda), Ray and Julian,” said Watts in closing.

 
“I trust them to do what is right for my career and should we take the title on Friday night, going forward will be no different,”

 
“Having said that, I will fight anyone in this division at anytime.”

 
 
Words: Dan Smart (Follow Dan on Twitter @dansmart76)
Photo: Louie Abigail/Photography by Rockfingrz

 

 

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