Search:



Vegas back in 'camp' for birthday bout

Posted: 6pm 11 Apr 2022

Vegas Larfield could have two special reasons to celebrate on May 7 - it’s the date he turns 20 and has his next fight.

Larfield will not be putting his Australian National Boxing Federation and Australasian featherweight titles on the line against India's Adil Singh in at the Royal International Convention Centre in Brisbane.

But, victory in this six-round super bantamweight contest, on an ACE Boxing show, will be an important step for the undefeated 19-year-old from All Star Boxing Academy in Lawnton.

Larfield won his first four fights inside the distance over eight rounds. In the fifth, on March 19, he won both belts with a dominant 10-round unanimous points victory over Luke Martin.

Vegas Larfield's next fight, in Brisbane.

Working to plan

It was a win made more remarkable by the fact Larfield tested positive for COVID 12 days out and had to train alone at home for days before returning to the gym.

Such was the initial concern trainer Ben Harrington considered pulling his rising star out of the fight, but waited and see how Larfield recovered.  

After one week off, Larfield is already back in a pre-fight camp, aiming to extend his record to six from six on May 7 and insisting: “There’s still so much I want improve on.

'I love it'

"In the middle and late in the (Martin) fight I wanted to push for the stoppage. But we were working on things, a development plan and Ben  wanted me to keep doing what I was doing. So I did.

“We’ve watched the fight back and seen more to work on. Commentators also made suggestions. It’s good to get another perspective.

“I feel I have a lot more to do in this sport and I love it. There’s nothing I would rather be doing. Boxing has definitely taken over my life …. in a good way."

First boxing belts proudly on display for Vegas Larfield.

'This is the dream!'

Larfield joined All Star seven years ago, as a “rough kid who tried his hardest”. Now the goal is to be world champion and "recognised as one of the best fighters ever".

Years of hard work has already paid off. In 2020 he fought – and won - at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, one of the world’s iconic boxing venues.

“That was surreal,” Larfield said. “I remember walking to the ring thinking: ‘Gees, I’m about to fight in Las Vegas! This is the dream’.

“I think I’ve grown a lot as a person and an athlete since the early days.

“The group around me … they’re so important, my coach, manager, everyone at the gym. I couldn’t do without them.”

Vegas Larfield at work in the All Star Boxing Academy gym

Training day

Larfield’s days are structured: breakfast - strength and conditioning training – home/eat/rest – sparring/pads/bag work at the gym – home/eat/rest – possible evening run.

There’s also the diet, high in carbohydrates, protein and vegetables – which he loves.

“I feel so much better, my body feels better, I feel better at training,” Larfield said. “In fact, I don’t really like down time, this (boxing) is what I love to do.

“I have Sundays at home and chill out with my girlfriend, then back into it on Mondays."

All Star's Ben Hussain who is in action next month.

Stepping up

All Star Boxing's Ben Hussain will also be in action at the Royal International Convention Centre on May 7.

He is stepping up to middleweight, from super welter, to face undefeated Joel Pavlides who has two wins and a draw from three bouts. Hussain has four wins from five.

Share

Trending

Driver cops hefty fines following police investigation

A 20-year-old man who received multiple speeding infringements totalling around $18,500 is set to appear in court later this month. Read how police caught him here…

Be Uplifted at symposium

Women with breast cancer and their loved ones are being urged to attend a symposium hosted by the charity Be Uplifted on November 8.…

More you might like:

Trending

Local News   •   18-5-2022  •   Nick Crockford

Revealed: Region's vital road projects on election wish lists

The State’s peak motoring body is calling on all political parties and candidates to green-light vital road and transport projects in the Moreton Bay.…

Local News   •   18-5-2022  •   Ashleigh Howarth

Moreton Kids Festival cancelled due to wet weather

Following the recent downpours, and more wet weather on the way, organisers of this year’s Moreton Kids Festival have made the difficult decision to cancel the event. Find out more here …

Local News   •   18-5-2022  •   Kylie Knight

Another big deal for Dolphins

It’s been a busy few weeks for the Dolphins, signing players for the 2023 season and today they announce a partnership deal they say is a perfect fit for their “challenger mentality”. Here’s what we know and what Head Coach Wayne Bennett has to say about the squad he’s building…

Local News   •   18-5-2022  •   Kylie Knight

Warriors need strong start to slay Dragons

The Warriors will need to start strongly and play consistent footy against St George Illawarra Dragons in their round 11 clash in Sydney this weekend, according to Head Coach Nathan Brown. Here’s what he had to say…

Local News   •   18-5-2022  •   Ashleigh Howarth

Woodcrafters celebrate 30 years of learning and friendship

There was plenty of reminiscing and laughs shared between friends from the Redcliffe and District Woodcraft Society as they gathered to celebrate the group’s 30th anniversary. You can find out more about the group here…

Local News   •   18-5-2022  •   Jodie Powell

The split second that changed a Senior-Constable’s life

Senior-Constable John Kenworthy has been riding motorcycles for decades. But a crash in 2020 changed his life forever. As part of National Road Safety Week, here’s his story……

Close