Kanofski's dream shot at big time
IPSWICH’S perennial underdog boxer Jason Kanofski says he’s in the best shape of his life ahead of his debut in a lucrative tournament.
The fighter is preparing for a huge opportunity where the winner gets a shot at the holy grail of boxing – America.
But first he must defeat an old enemy in the form of Beijing Olympian and undefeated pro Todd Kidd tonight inside Melbourne’s Flemington Racecourse.
The fight is the first of four in an eight-man tournament named Fight Series.
It pits the best welterweights (66.68kg) in the country against each other over six months.
The winner will be crowned the IBO Asia Pacific title holder and is guaranteed a bout in California on the Fight Club OC boxing card in December.
“When they asked me to be in the tournament, I couldn’t wait to say yes,” Kanofski said.
“This is four fights guaranteed and when you’re trying to pay off a mortgage, that’s great news.
“I’m fighting every six weeks so after the bout, I’ll have a week off then get right back into it again which is how I like it.”
Kanofski is the third-ranked welterweight fighter in Queensland and the sixth-ranked super welterweight in Australia.
He said he was finally over a back problem that had troubled him for years.
“I’m feeling the best I ever have,” Kanofski said.
“My back has been my main inhibitor in the past and I’ve finally had the right physio for it and I feel good.”
Kanofski fought for a title against James Giltrow last year, losing in a close decision.
His record is now eight wins and three losses.
But the Fight Series tournament will ensure 2011 is his most important year.
“Going to America, man that would be incredible for me,” Kanofski said.
“That would mean so much. It’s every fighter’s dream to fight in what is the Mecca of boxing worldwide.”
Kanofski fought and lost to Kidd as an amateur several years ago.
“I know how he fights, he’s only just turned pro so I imagine he will still have a lot of habits from being an amateur,” Kanofski said.
“He will fight from the outside and will not be used to going more than a few rounds.
“I will get inside and pressure him the whole fight.”
Kanofski said he had been working on increasing his power punching.
“I want to have more power in my punches because I have a lot of fights in other blokes’ back yards and its a lot easier if you take it out of the judges’ hands.
“I have increased my power this last six months, but I have a way to go. I want to knock fighters out.”
Jason’s older brother Tim is an Australian super middleweight title holder while his father Geoff also won a state title.