Valentine Borg: “I’m always trying to improve”

SYDNEY based prospect Valentine Borg just wants to fight.

The once-beaten regional titleholder returns to the ring on Saturday night at the Whitlam Leisure Centre and is looking to win his fourth consecutive fight against durable Thai Arnon Yuchareon.

“I’ve been training and working hard on a lot of skills,” said Borg in an interview with Aus-Boxing. “I’m always trying to improve, especially in different places where I believe I’m lacking with my coach Mark Grech,”

Despite sporting an unflattering record the Brisbane-based Yuchareon has only been stopped once in nine professional fights.

In those fights, the Thai has lost decisions to looming Australian title challengers Miles Zalewski and Anthony Brownlie, as well as giving rounds to Ben Warburton and Matt Casboult.

Yuchareon has only been stopped once – a third round stoppage to Kye MacKenzie last February – and has only tasted the canvas once since.

With a superior record and all-round skill set, Borg (9-1, 6 KOs) will understandably go into the fight as a firm favourite and because of this, he is looking to put together a complete performance.

“For the fight this weekend, I’m hoping to gain some good ring time and experience,” Borg continued. “This will be a lead up to me defending my WBO title and I’m planning on having a impressive fight,”

“This is my main goal and I’m planning to come away with the win,”

“I don’t know too much about my opponent,” admitted Borg. “I just know that he’s a tough guy and like every other fight – none are easy – one punch is all it takes,”

“But my coach informed me about a few weaknesses that he studied on my opponent and that is what I will be working on in the ring with him. We know a few fighters that he has previously boxed, so we have got some good ideas,”

Borg has campaigned for a majority of his career at lightweight. However, for this non-title fight, Borg has agreed to step up to the light welterweight division.

Despite the extra weight, Borg is comfortable that he will be at an advantage, having fought at a variety of weights in the paid ranks.

“The fight is at an agreed 63 kilogram catchweight which is heavier than usual,” Borg explained. “But I’m very comfortable at that weight and I feel strong, so it’s a good weight,”

“I’m looking to have a active year,” said Borg in closing. “Hopefully I’ll get some good fights with the help of my manager Mike, who is guiding me in the right direction and get some exposure too,”

On Saturday night at Whitlam Leisure Centre, Chin Music Promotions brings you Davey Browne Jr, Val Borg and Rocky Jerkic all on the one card. For tickets contact Oliver on 0481 133 211.

Photo: Louie Abigail/Photography by Rockfingrz


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