Taking first swing ahead of pro debut
BOXING : The date has been set for Warwick boxer Jake Wyllie to make his professional debut, sweetened only by the news of signing his first major sponsor.
The friendship between Wyllie and concreter Brendan Jackson became business when the pair inked a sponsorship deal, which will see the boxer backed "100 per cent".
"Whatever he needs, we'll help with," X-Crete owner Brendan Jackson said.
"Sort-of whatever he needs to help him get to where he needs to go.
"We'll go to all of the fights; we'll back him 100 per cent - it should be good."
Training together previously at the Warwick Boxing Club, Jackson has watched Wyllie rise through the amateur ranks, keeping a cool head as he developed in the sport.
"I used to train down here, I watched Jake train and he's actually done a bit of work with me at times on holidays," he said.
"He's a good kid and he'll go a long way; he's very dedicated.
"It hasn't gone to his head where a lot of young sports people that are going good, it does go to their head and it hasn't for him, which is a good thing."
Dedication is what Wyllie will need when he takes to the ring on May 9 in his professional debut.
Fighting on the undercard of Steven Sparks and Terry Tzouramanis at Rumours International, Toowoomba, Wyllie is yet to lock in an opponent for the all-important fight.
"I can't wait for that first fight," Wyllie said.
"I think Brendon (Smith, manager) and Damien (Lawler, trainer) are talking but they haven't confirmed anyone yet.
"It'll be a good show, because Sparksy is number one in Australia and Tzouramanis is number two, so they'll have to fight for it."
Holding a 44-12 record in the amateur ranks, Wyllie will amp up his training next week in preparation for the fight.
"Everything is going well physically and mentally," he said.
"Training has been great; this year I've just been keeping fit and doing a bit of sparring.
"But camp will start about 13 weeks out and we'll get into really hard road running, morning sessions and night sessions.
"That will be a change for me, but I want to do this, and I've got to give it my best shot; I've got to make sure I'm training 150 per cent to win these fights."
With limited sparring opportunities across the Downs, Wyllie will continue to train with coach Damien Lawler out of Warwick but will explore other bouts throughout the state.
"There's not as many fights here but there's definitely more in Brisbane and the surrounding areas," he said.
"I'm lucky I'm in a good division so there are plenty of fighters out there I can fight.
"It shouldn't be too hard fighting me a fight.
Hoping for a long and successful career in the sport, Wyllie has ambitious goals for his breakout year.
"I want to try and get about three or four fights out this year, feel my way though and then next year as I build my ranks, I want to be looking at a Queensland or an Australian title early on in my career."