CHARLIE Bubb has two important advantages ahead of his World Kickboxing Association (WKA) Australian superwelter weight title defence at the Central Coast Leagues Club tonight - height and reach.
The High Impact fighter earned the belt with a dominant win over Charlie Thompson late last year, and tonight’s fight is his first attempt to defend it.
The 16-year-old is significantly taller than his opponent, 24-year-old Terrigal native Chris Chapman, and trainer Anthony Wharton said he needs to use it to his advantage.
Now based out of CKO Gym in Gosford, Chapman has an impressive fight record of seven fights for five wins and two losses.
Wharton said Bubb is particularly wary of Chapman’s aggression.
“Chapman is a lot shorter and stockier than Charlie,” Wharton explained as the pair travelled to Gosford for the bout’s weigh-in yesterday.
“He is also a very aggressive fighter from what we know.
“We’re going with a plan to use those factors to our advantage.”
Wharton didn’t want to give too much away ahead of the bout, but said Bubb was confident, and had faith in his preparation.
“I’ve never really seen Charlie nervous before a fight, which is a huge advantage he has,” Wharton said.
“He’s always confident.”
“My preparation has been really good,” Bubb added.
“We’ve been doing six sessions a week now for six weeks, on top of all my normal pad and gym work.
“We’ve also been running the Pinnacle twice a week.”
“Fitness definitely won’t be a problem,” Wharton laughed.
The fight, originally scheduled for five three-minute rounds, was reduced to two-minute rounds.
Wharton said despite the short notice, the change could work in Bubb’s favour.
“We’ve been training for three-minute rounds, so to go back to two is a bit annoying,” Wharton said.
“However, it should mean Charlie can lift the tempo throughout the whole fight.”