George aiming for WBO title fight next year

Cairo George ready for 'next step in the journey'

BEN STRANG
Last updated 05:00 29/08/2014
TITLE CHASER: Hamilton boxer Cairo George hopes to fight for the WBO Pan Asia Pacific title next year.
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TITLE CHASER: Hamilton boxer Cairo George hopes to fight for the WBO Pan Asia Pacific title next year.

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Cairo George is plotting a move that would have him catapulted into the top 15 of the WBO welterweight world rankings next year.

The 23-year-old boxer is hoping to fight for the vacant WBO Asia Pacific and Pan Asia Boxing Association titles in Hamilton next year.

Should the fight go ahead, George would have an opportunity to propel himself into the top 15 of the world rankings, setting himself up for fights against tougher opposition worldwide.

George defeated Daniel Maxwell in the Family Ties boxing night in Hamilton last weekend, and has another fight planned for November.

A win there would take his professional career to 10-0, and would be a good lead-in to a title fight next year, probably against an undefeated Chinese boxer.

The current New Zealand champ said it would be a massive step up fighting for a WBO Asia Pacific title, but it's the direction he wanted to head in.

''I'm in a really tough division. Floyd Mayweather is right up the top of the list, so that shows how tough it is,'' he said.

''It's going to be a pretty big leap up, but I'll be ready for it. It's the next step in the journey.''

Father and trainer Torchy George is looking to promote and set up the fight night next year, and said it will cost about $50,000 to host it in Hamilton.

He hopes to have four professional fights on the card, including Cairo George as the main event, and said it should be one of the biggest fight nights Hamilton has seen.

''It's going to be a really good night. It will cost quite a lot to get it here to Hamilton, so we are looking to get some major sponsors on board,'' Torchy George said.

''Hopefully it will raise Cairo's profile a bit more and get his name out there. Then he will hopefully get some bigger fights in the future.''

Cairo George said his biggest fight so far was on the undercard of David Tua's fight against Alexander Ustinov last year.

He won his fight against Richard Campbell that night by unanimous decision, and said his profile shot up having had the fight televised.

Winning an international title would further boost that profile, and lead to better things, he said.

In the meantime Cairo George is working hard on his training, and said he trains three sessions a day.

''I run about 6km each morning, and then have a gym session and boxing session later in the day,'' he said.

''I've got to work hard to make sure I'm in the best shape possible. You've got to make the step up at some stage. It's great being undefeated, but you've got to test yourself against good opponents to keep getting better.''

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