Bolling digs to the body: Tim Barry
By Paul Upham: There were quite a few local boxing fans in the St.George and Sutherland districts in Sydney who were aware of the boxing talent of Michael Bolling. After the 25 year-old made his national television debut last Thursday night July 9 at Luna Park on the new SuperBoxer series, the secret is out. Bolling is an exciting, skilled boxer who can fight really hard.
An impressive six round unanimous points decision win over Samoan light heavyweight champion Togasilimai Letoa, showed boxing fans Australian wide that the 6’1’’ tall southpaw is a boxer whose career is one to be followed.
“It was exciting stuff being on television,” Bolling told SecondsOut on Tuesday. “It was a bit nerve racking. I was a bit cautious because I heard he was a big hitter. I was probably a little more timid than my usual fights, but it worked out OK. I probably put more pressure on myself than it was. It was definitely a good experience. It is just going to encourage me to train harder and mix it up every time. Not be the same fighter and learn from this experience.”
Both boxers showed power in round 1 and while Bolling 7-0 (6) appeared to be in control throughout the match, he seemed to be caught with a wild Letoa 10-2 (5) blow in round 2.
“He shook me up a little bit,” admitted Bolling. “I switched off for a second or two there but I came back fine. It was a bit of a wake-up call again I suppose.”
Many of Bolling’s previous knockout wins had been set-up with hard body punching. It also worked for him against Letoa as the 26 year-old slowed down over the distance.
“The sting was out of his punches by the end of it,” said Bolling. “It didn’t seem that I could hurt him, hitting him on the chin all the time. He had a tough chin on him. It was good to go the distance. We were trying to get a fight that would push me and give me some rounds. I needed it.”
While he has competed at light heavyweight in all but one of his fights so far and weighed 168½ lbs against Letoa, Bolling says he wants to be a super middleweight.
“I will be a lot stronger at that weight,” he said. “I am probably a little small for a light heavyweight.”
Bolling returns to the ring quickly on July 31 against William Hadlow over eight rounds on a Ryan Waters promotion at the Cronulla Leagues Club in Sydney.
“I think it might go the difference,” said Bolling. “I am looking to face these experienced boxers. I am confident.”
In his previous four appearances at Cronulla, Bolling has won all by knockout and brought along his own very vocal fan base.
“I went to school at Endeavour Sports High,” explained Bolling, “so I have a lot of school friends there. I played rugby at Southern Districts. A lot of people have taken a liking to me and are supporting me.”
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