Planning his return to the US in 2018 and with an eye on a world title, Cowra’s Steve Lovett is back in Australia and he’s bolstering his boxing record.
Lovett headlines Capital Fight Show 13 in what could be his last fight on home soil, in a light heavyweight bout against "Stone Cold" Steve Moxon (5-4) at the Hellenic Club in Woden, Canberra on Friday night.
“It’s another fight to get in the right frame of mind, get another win and get things moving towards a big year next year in the US,” Steve Lovett said. Lovett described his preparation working alongside legendary trainer Ronny Shields in Houston before applying the finishing touches with Daniel Geale in Sydney, as “probably the best its been”.
Initial preparation was in Houston with a focus on conditioning and sparring before ramping it up during the past two weeks with Geale, who will be cornering him on Friday night.
“To get the best out of them [Shields and Geale] is a great outcome. He [Geale] will be cornering me on the night so we’ve been working together closely,” Lovett said.
“I trained alongside him for three or four years ago[earlier in my career]. I look up to him, he always gave me advice and I knew he was the right guy to approach on my return to Australia.”
Lovett’s return to Australia follows successive losses in the US to Craig Baker [17-2] and Lionell Thompson [19-4] which left his record at 14-2, including eight victories in bouts in the US.
In his last outing in Australia, Lovett revived his dream to one day contest a world title as he bounced back to the winner’s circle by defeating Aswin Cabuy [19-65] at the Hellenic Club in Woden.
“It’s good to come back here and get some fights,” Lovett said.
“Just to get the mind right and get back into fighting.
“Lost my last fights in the US but everything happens for a reason.”
The last time Lovett’s opponent on Friday, Steve Moxon, fought in Canberra, he took all of 32 seconds to finish Ehsan Shakeri and clinch the MASA world kickboxing championship.
He said his preparation hasn’t had to be altered.
“Obviously you focus on certain things with different fighters,” Lovett said.
“This guy has taken the fight on with three weeks notice so it’s given me time to study him so it hasn’t messed me up. I don’t underestimate my opponents. I’ll be extremely focused on the fight.
“It’s going to be good to get in the ring and have a good fight.”
Lovett’s dad, mum, brother and his brother’s girlfriend will be in attendance, as well as some of Lovett’s friends from Cowra and some members of the Canberra Raiders including coach Ricky Stuart.