Kanofski returns to ring with new coach, renewed confidence

Jason Kanofski (right) produces a brave effort in the Australian welterweight title fight before losing on points to James Giltrow at Brisbane’s Hilton Hotel on Saturday night.
Jason Kanofski (right) produces a brave effort in the Australian welterweight title fight before losing on points to James Giltrow at Brisbane’s Hilton Hotel on Saturday night. Claudia Baxter

JASON Kanofski is back.

The two-time Australian title challenger and Queensland champion has rediscovered the love of boxing that had left him for much of last year.

"I was just having a bit of a break," Kanofski said.

"For the first time I didn't really feel the spark.

"I guess over time it slowly came back.

"I'm finding my way back into it."

Part of the rejuvenation has involved a change of coach.

Formerly coached by his father, former Queensland champion Geoff Kanofski, Jason is now with Logan's Chris McCullen.

"It's a bit of a fresh start," Jason said.

"It's been good getting different ideas from Chris.

"Little ideas we've been working on.

"He's got a good team and I'm enjoying being part of it."

After 15 months away from the ring Kanofski last fought in November.

He was supposed to fight a Papua New Guinean opponent, but he didn't show up at the weigh-in.

Instead Kanofski (pictured) lined up against a Thai kick boxer.

"I only knew him as Noong," Kanofski said.

Noong put up a tough fight but Kanofski beat him on points over six rounds.

The next challenge is South Australian Mark Dalby over six rounds at welterweight (66.7kg) at the Mansfield Tavern tomorrow.

"I've seen him fight once," the 27-year-old said.

"He's very tall and rangy with long punches.

"He's quite sharp so it will be a test."

Kanofski is confident he is on track to become a better fighter, once all the new things he is learning under McCullen sink in.

"I don't expect it to happen overnight," he said.

"It's just adding another dimension to my style.

"A bit more of a broad range of attack so I can mix it up when needed."

So for Kanofski it is very much one step at a time at the moment, but he won't deny the lure of a national title still burns strongly.

In 2010 Kanofski fought unsuccessfully for Australian welterweight and middleweight (72.5kg) titles.

"It's been my goal since day one and is something I'd love to achieve," he said.

- Jay Buchan

Pro record

Age: 27. Height: 171cm.

Stance: Orthodox.

Won: 16 (2ko). Lost: 7 (2ko). Drawn: 3.

Topics:  boxing

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