Billy Limov is back at Deception Bay Boxing Club and counting down to his first fight in two years.
The 33-year-old will face Kolby Johnson, who has not fought in four years, at Townsville Convention Centre on Saturday (June 26).
Stepping up to the middleweight division for the first time, Limov said he “didn’t have to think about taking the contest, it just felt right”.
“I was offered a few fights in the last six months and thought ‘no I’m going in a different direction’.
“But it was in the back of my mind, then Damian called me with this fight. I’m so motivated and want to do this. I don’t think I was ready to call it a day.
“I’ve opened a couple of businesses in the last six months and have been really busy working, but I have found time to come to the gym because I love it.
“I was in a better place when I was boxing. Now the stars have aligned and I want to give it a go.”
Limov returns with a record of five wins from eight fights. His two defeats and a draw were in Australian and Queensland super welterweight contests.
Kolby Johnson, nicknamed Kaos, won nine of his 11 fights before stopping in March 2017.
“I’ve heard he (Kolby) has had some good fights and has a good record,” said Limov, “but this is probably the first time I haven’t looked into my opponent too much.
“I’m really hung up on how I’m preparing and not looking beyond this fight. It’s a comeback, who knows what will come from it. But, I feel a good performance.”
Limov’s coach at Deception Bay Boxing Club, Damian Smith, said it was good to have him back in the gym.
“Billy’s not been back in the gym long and I can’t teach him too much,” said Smith, “but we have time before the fight and he’s going good.”
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