South Coast boxer Mark Lucas will fight Queensland journeyman Marlon Toby at Dee Why RSL on October 30. The bout could be Lucas’s last at middleweight before testing the waters at junior-middleweight.
IN a career of more than 75 elite amateur bouts, South Coast boxer Mark “Too Sharp”Lucas never once pulled out of a fight.
Sobeing forced to withdraw from what would have been his fourth pro bout in August stung.
It also means that tough Queensland journeyman Marlon Toby could be in for a roughnight when Lucas returns to the ring at Dee Why RSL on October 30.
After being out of action since June, Lucas’s coach Nudge Mieli said his charge was chomping at the bit.
‘‘Three days before his last fight he got a bad viral infection which was devastating because we’d done so much work,’’ Mieli said.
‘‘In 75 amateur fights he never pulled out of a fight so to have to do that in the pros was disappointing for him.He had six weeks off so it’s been three months since he’s been in the ring.
‘‘They miss the high of fighting and competing so he’s ready to go.’’
It will be Lucas’ first outing over six rounds and he will have to overcomes a sizeable gap in in-ring experience when he pits his 11 professional rounds against Toby’s 124.
Mieli said several tough rounds with Caringbah’s Ryan Waters (22-4-2) means Lucas will have no trouble going the distance.
‘‘The last fight was scheduled for six rounds but we’ve been doing eight rounds in sparring and I think he’s more than fit enough to go 10,’’ Mieli said.
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