Rivervale wrestler-turned-boxer wants to make it big in the ring

Wrestler-turned-boxer Troy Humberston. Picture: Jon Hewson www.communitypix.com.au d477325
Wrestler-turned-boxer Troy Humberston. Picture: Jon Hewson www.communitypix.com.au d477325

TROY Humberston has had a decorated wrestling career but he is now aiming to make it in the boxing world.

The Rivervale resident was the Greco-Roman wrestling national champion in 2014 in the heavyweight 130kg division and has also claimed four state championships but after six months of boxing training, he fought and won his first professional boxing bout earlier this month.

A second round knockout in a heavyweight division fight at Thunderdome 23, which took place at Metro City, was a good start to his new sport.

“I always had an interest in wrestling, growing up in Geraldton and when I moved to Perth 10 years ago I started training at MMA 24/7 with coach Adrian Tesanovic,” he said.

“Wrestling is such a tough and demanding sport, it’s very technical but also physically and mentally taxing.

“I wanted to do boxing because I want to get into MMA (mixed martial arts) so I started training alongside my coaches Gaz Numan, Dan Carter and Daniel Dawson.

“Gaz encouraged me to fight and so I trained six days per week for three plus hours,”

Humberston said boxing was different to wrestling as it was more aerobic-based and likened it to a fencing match.

“It was a massive rush to compete in front of about 3000 people but I didn’t feel too nervous, I was trying to stay composed,” he said.

“The plan is to keep wrestling and boxing, there is the Oceania Championships next year but the dream is to eventually compete in the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship).”

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