Yarrabah fighter to restart boxing career
A SIX-WEEK stint in Perth with an undefeated world champion is Fred Mundraby's latest experiment to reinvigorate his boxing career.
The proud Yarrabah fighter, who won an Australian super flyweight title in 2010 and was nominated for a Deadly Award the following year, is hopeful of securing his first fight in almost a year on the back of the West Australian stint.
The 25-year-old has been sparring with WBA Super World featherweight champion Chris John and hopes to earn a televised four-round fight on his undercard in less than two months.
Known in boxing circles as "The General", Mundraby appeared on target for bigger things until a mismatch in Japan in mid-2011 against Ryo Akaho left him with a broken jaw.
Since then Mundraby has only fought twice.
A move back to Cairns from Brisbane last year to train and coach with a childhood friend out of Bentley Park gym The Streets Kombat Academy helped him settle and he jumped at the invitation to spar with Indonesian champion John.
"It's exciting to mix it with Chris and his Indonesian crew,'' Mundraby said of his training with the 33-year-old, who has a staggering career record of 48-0 plus two draws.
"I've done alright so far (when I've sparred with him) and am hopeful of earning a fight as an undercard for his next bout.
"I just want to do everything possible to get back on track and this is a positive step I think.''
"It'll only be a short fight, but it'll be televised on Fox Sports so it's a chance to show all my supporters how I'm going.''
He has not stopped training despite his lack of recent bouts and was this year voted Cairns' third fittest athlete by The Cairns Post.
"That was a bit of an honour. I do think I'm in pretty good shape at the moment and feeling ready to take my chance when it comes,'' he said.
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Comeback kid: Yarrabah boxer Fred Mundraby is hopeful of kick-starting his career after sparring with world featherweight champion Chris John.