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Woods shapes as Super8 title wild card

Tasmanian pro Luke Woods is headed for Toowoomba to throw his hat into the Super8 title ring.
Tasmanian pro Luke Woods is headed for Toowoomba to throw his hat into the Super8 title ring. CONTRIBUTED

LUKE Woods arguably has the biggest advantage and biggest disadvantage of all eight fights in the Super8 tournament on November 25.

The Super8 title will be decided on the TGW & Smithy Bring the Big Fights 18 card at Rumours International.

His advantage is he's just out of the amateurs so he's well conditioned to three-round bouts.

His disadvantage - he's the "baby” of the field with just three pro bouts to his name.

"I'm wrapped. This is an opportunity of a lifetime,” Woods said.

"It's an opportunity to get my name out there and to get some money in my bank account which will go towards my dream of challenging for a world title.

"Anything can happen on the night but having my last few years in the amateurs without the head gear over three threes is a massive help.”

Woods will make the trek from Tasmania to Toowoomba for the opportunity to be crowned the Super8 King.

As an amateur he represented Australia at the 2010 Commonwealth Games and is a former Australian amateur champion.

Since turning pro just over a year ago he's undefeated in three bouts, one by knock-out which came in his pro-debut.

His second and third career fights have been even more impressive he outpointed Ricardo Cejas 60-54 on all three score cards and defeated Vachayan Khamon in a four round shut-out (40-35,40-34, 40-33).

In three pro bouts he's boxed a total of 14 rounds and he's never dropped a round on any judges score card.

Now he comes into a Super8 tournament against seven opponents from varied back grounds.

"My team has been studying films of all these blokes so I can be as prepared as I can be,” Woods said.

"Knowing I can potentially get three professional fight experiences under my belt is a huge opportunity alone.”

The eight confirmed competitors are:-

Jack Asis: Former IBO World Champion.

Jamie Hilt: Queensland Welterweight champion

Michael Katsidis: Former two time World champion

Mick Shaw: Former Australian Champion

Ya Jie Ding: Chinese rising star

Luke Woods: Commonwelth Games amateur, 3-0 as a pro

Robert Toomey: Former IBO Oceania Champion

Jason Kanofski: Former Queensland Champion

"I don't take anything without trying to win it,” Woods said

"That's the honest truth, any fight I'm in I think I can win it and I leave no stone unturned leading into a fight - ever.” 

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