DAVID Farr has been boxing since he was 19 but he has never fought in front of a home crowd.
Tomorrow night Farr will have his first fight in Orange when he steps into the ring at the Mobsport Fight Night.
It will be the 25-year-old’s second professional bout after downing Damien Smith 40-36 in his professional debut last month.
Farr said he was excited about stepping into the ring in Orange but has to remain focused.
“I’m just as nervous because I’m at home,” Farr said.
“I’ve got to block that out. I’ve got to treat it like another fight.”
Farr will take on the Gold Coast’s Paul Edwards over four three-minute rounds.
They will fight on the undercard to Lenny Zappavigna, a former International Boxing Organisation lightweight champion, and Joel Dela Cruz, the IBO Asia Pacific lightweight champion.
Farr said he’s had a solid preparation, feels fitter and has continued to learn.
He has sparred a number of boxers including Roger Swain.
Edwards, 39, has had seven fights for two wins and five losses.
“I know he’s had wins by knockout and losses by knockout. He’s dangerous,” Farr said of Edwards.
“I won’t be underestimating him. I’ve got to box and work him out and in the meantime not get caught out.”
Farr said he was looking forward to fighting on Zappavigna’s undercard, something he did in his first professional fight last month.
The Mobsport boxer said having Zappavigna in Orange was an amazing opportunity.
“It’s an honour. He’s a really good fighter. He’s a world class fighter. He’s very powerful,” Farr said.
There will be five professional bouts tomorrow night and 10 amateur fights.
Mobsport’s Ben Fitzpatrick will be one of the amateurs putting on the gloves.
The 17-year-old will take on Ali Atarmey from Sydney.
Fitzpatrick has had 11 fights for seven wins and four losses and expects a challenge from 22-year-old Atarmey.
“Jake [Kenney, Mobsport head trainer] said he’s stocky and likes to walk forward and hit hard,” Fitzpatrick said of his opponent.
“That’s what I like to do. I’ll have to stay back an arm’s length and work the angles.”
The chest-beating will start tonight at the Occidental Hotel at 6.30pm when the professionals have a public weigh-in.
Doors at the Orange Function Centre will open at tomorrow’s fight night at 6pm with the first bout at 6.30pm.
Tickets are available at the door.