Alex Winwood faces Tibo Monabesa in second bout
Australian standout Alex Winwood (1-0, 1KO) is looking to continue his fast track to a world title this Friday evening in Perth, as he challenges for the WBC International light-flyweight title in his second pro outing.
The 25-year-old from Mandurah won the Western Australian State light-flyweight title via second-round stoppage in his pro debut last November, and now aims to add a second belt against 25-bouter Tibo Monabesa. The southpaw from Indonesia is a former IBO world champion and currently holds the WBC International light-flyweight title.
Winwood, who is backed up by a card full of 50/50 match ups, represented Australia in the Olympics and Commonwealth Games, and now looks to continue his transition into the pro ranks by gaining a world rating. This will be Winwood's second Main Event in both professional fights and is ready to prove why he's a main-event fighter.
Winwood discussed his WBC International title charge this weekend, "I'm so excited to get my first international belt, and thankful to the WBC for giving me this opportunity against a former world champion in just my second fight. Every kid dreams of winning WBC titles, so to win an international title is a dream in itself. and a massive step towards a world title.
"I have a real opponent in front of me in a former world champion Tibo Monabesa, and he knows this is a golden opportunity for him, so I have to be on point. If I'm not, it won't be good for me in the short or long term, that's why I've cut no corners."
Winwood has prepared for his tilt at the world ratings alongside the heralded Moloney brothers, and the 25-year-old opened up about his experience with the twins.
He said, "Andrew and Jason are great. They're both brilliant fighters and great human beings, so learning off them as fighters and as people is a wonderful experience.
"Andrew has been world champion, Jason I believe will become world champion soon, so being able to be on a similar path is motivating. I'm trying to soak up as much as I can and ready to produce it next Friday night in Perth & let the World know “A Rock” is the real deal."
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