Peter Mitrevski Jr
By Paul Upham: The punches were crisp and the combinations sharp as Peter Mitrevski Jr worked out with trainer Johnny Lewis at the Sydney University gymnasium. At 29 years of age and after almost twelve years as a professional, “Baby” Mitrevski feels like he is finally ready to reach his potential, starting with an Australian title belt around his waist.
“I’ve won regional titles before, but they don’t mean shit unless you are Australian champion,” explained Mitrevski Jr.
The son of Peter Mitrevski Sr, a three-division Australian champion, Peter Jr has finally committed himself to his boxing career full time.
“I have been around for years and years,” he said, “and I have spent a lot of time in the gym, not in the ring. I have only had 27 fights. I have learnt and I have saved myself for a later run in my career. I can fight at middleweight or super middleweight. I just want to win the Australian title.”
The long time sparring partner of former world champion Anthony Mundine, Mitrevski 20-6-1 (9) lost to current Australian middleweight champion Junior Talipeau in November 2007, but is hoping to get another shot in 2009.
“I fought Junior Talipeau and it was a close fight,” said Mitrevski. “I gave it my best that night and I think I left my fight in the gym. But full credit to him. It was close and he did beat me. He beat me fair and square. He is undefeated and until he gets beaten, he is a real good fighter. I just want to win the Australian title. Everything else after that will be a bonus. My goal from day one was to be Australian champion and it has taken me this long to get into a position to win the title. I have gone the long, hard way around it, but I am still here and hopefully 2009 will be my year.”
Mitrevski will face New Zealand veteran Bruce Glozier on the Anthony Mundine-Daniel Geale undercard in Brisbane on May 27. Trainer Johnny Lewis believes his pupil can achieve his goal.
“I think Peter can do it,” Lewis told SecondsOut. “I have believed in Peter from day one. He lets himself down more than anyone else and I think he realises that. I guess the best way to say is that Peter has been a bit part time with it all. He is a good boy and he has given a lot of his time sparring others to get them ready rather than himself. At times, it stop-started his career a little bit. It would be a great thrill for me. To take his dad to three Australian titles and then Peter Junior to one, it would be nice. I’d certainly be very proud of the achievement.”