One of Australian boxing’s brightest young stars Mateo Tapia is keen to book a debut on British soil at the first available opportunity.
The 20-year-old (8-0-KO5) blasted Isaac Buckley aside in September to seize the New South Wales State super-middleweight crown and is currently in Vietnam for an exhibition bout on Saturday; his first taste of international boxing since turning professional.
With his reputation in his homeland growing fast, MTK-managed Tapia welcomes the experience of travelling abroad and already has his sights set on fighting in the UK.
Tapia said: “My ideal 6-12 months is to fight somewhere in the UK to finish off the year. That would top off the year, to box in front of the UK crowd. My girlfriend’s family is from there so I’d have people supporting me there.
“I just want tough fights in which I learn. I learn something new in every single fight so I want to stay dedicated and keep active.
“I’m very excited to be part of an event like this one in Vietnam. I haven’t fought internationally since the amateurs so it’s great to be travelling the world doing something you love.
“The spirit of the Australian team is good. Spirits are high. Everyone is in a great place and we’re going to put on a good show for the people of Vietnam.
“Everyone is enjoying the city Ho Chi Minh. Not many of the Australian team have been here before so it’s all new to them and an experience we’ll never forget.
“Our coach Tony Del Vecchio has changed me from a boy to a man. He helps me with his knowledge of the sport and in life. He has my best interests at heart and we get along so well. “
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